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Interview with Bill Shelton

titleInterview with Bill Shelton
description27 minutes 25 seconds interview with Bill Shelton, city councillor and Phoenix board member. Bill talks about his family background, his first job at Percivals shoe factory, and becoming a union member. Bill worked at the shoe factory for 21 years until he got a fulltime job with the Footwear Union in 1986. Bill was the union representative for Percivals employees and also Rowleys and Fairbrothers employees in the 1990's. Bill then talks about the decline of footwear manufacturing in Leicester. He then comments on the decline of the hosiery and knitwear industry. Bill then goes on to talk about the Odeon cinema and the films he saw there, and the Cinema architecture. Bill then outlines his political career, he was a member of the Communist party 1968-1982, then joined the Labour party. In 1999 joined the planning committee, now planning vice-chairman. Bill gives his opinion on the architecture of the Cultural Quarter, and the importance of retaining Leicester's industrial heritage.
placeLeicester -- Midland Street
publisherHulme, Tom
contributorsShelton, Bill.
themesCultural life;Industry;The Factory and the Community
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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CreatedMon, 12 May 2014
ModifiedWed, 10 Sep 2014 11:24