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Interview with Kenneth West.

titleInterview with Kenneth West.
description90 minutes and 39 seconds interview with Kenneth West. Kenneth West was born in Leicester in 1922. He went to work at Faire Brothers Ltd. as a mechanical engineer until he was called up in 1943 to serve in WW2. He describes working in the factory before going to war including the bombing of Freeman, Hardy and Willis, the factory fire brigades, fire watch duty , the workforce and the social events. He then describes coming back to work at Faire Brothers after WW2, entertainment during WW2 including trips to the cinemas in Leicester, hearing Julie Andrews sing live at the Savoy Cinema, dances at the Bell Hotel and Palais de Danse. He talks about the American soldiers in Leicester and the colour segregation amongst them, meeting Gordon Rolls, the smell of the tannery, Faire Brothers closure and being made redundant, working at Wykes, WW2 and the British restaurant, family life, Curve and the Cultural Quarter, Scout gangshows and the ghost at Faire Brothers.
placeLeicester -- Rutland Street;Leicester
publisherHulme, Tom
contributorsWest, Kenneth
themesConservation and urban regeneration;Cultural life;Diversity;Industry;Social life of the factory;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, 19 May 2014
ModifiedWed, 10 Sep 2014 11:24