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Interview with Anna Mee.

titleInterview with Anna Mee.
description50 minute interview with Anna Mee, lifelong resident of Leicester. She describes her family background and how she left school at fifteen and became a cutter, eventually working at several hosiery manufacturers in Leicester. She recalls her brand new Secondary Modern school ; going from work to the lunchtime dances at the Palais on Fridays ; how the industry employed an entirely white workforce until the 1970s, when Asian women started to be employed ; meeting her husband at El Rondo ; being sacked for coming back to work drunk after lunchtime drinks ; as a child going to see the Coronation with her school at the Odeon cinema ; how she and her husband took over the running of The Charlotte in the early 80s. She recalls how Helsinki's was the fashionable place to go, and the scene at El Rondo where the black guys liked to dance and so were popular with the white girls. She relates how the hosiery factories were gradually replaced by small units and the area became run down.
publisherHulme, Tom
contributorsMee, Anna
themesSocial life of the factory;Industry
Digitisation noteInterview recorded for 'Changing Industries in Leicester's Cultural Quarter', a collaboration between University of Leicester, Cuttlefish Multimedia Ltd and Phoenix. Courtesy East Midlands Oral History Archive. See for further details.
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CreatedTue, 20 May 2014
ModifiedWed, 10 Sep 2014 11:24