LANt025 Bernice Hall
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
Step back in time with Bernice Hall as she reminisces about her
life in Donisthorpe. Recalling her earliest memory Bernice says
" .I can just remember the strike in '26 because I used
to go with me dad somewhere picking coal. He used to take me in
the barrow and then bring the coal back .I would only be three
and a half or so when the strike was on in '26", and recalls
the poverty of the 1930s as she says "I've seen my mum cry
when she's tried reckon up . "
Wonderfully warm and witty, Bernice says of herself, "Well
I'm a funny woman so it doesn't matter what you ask me cos I dunna
tek no notice!"
Find out why a pig was put on a wall at Stone Row and why it was
later moved to Brodribb's wall in Moira! Discover why Bernice says
that telly is " .the worst thing that ever happened"
and learn about 'Monkey parading' and 'Tipplers'. Finally listen
closely as Bernice gives Oral Historian Roger Kitchen a crash course
in the 'old South Derbyshire' dialect when she asks "Ay up
me duck ho you goin' on"?, "Is it wefty todae, are
you goin' on wesh"? "Are you goin' wom"? adding " .as
I say, if ya have to talk reet, ya have to talk reet, 'cos folk
canna understand ya - you know what I mean - like - if you say,
'Boiler's bost' - they can't understand - 'bost' means it's burst
- and that sort of thing!"
And what was 'Moira Lob'?
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview Date: 15/03/2005
Landshape Zone: Leicestershire and Derbyshire Coalfield
Parish: Swadlincote and surrounds
Location: Swadlincote, Derbyshire,
Date of birth: 19/09/1923
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company