Members of a social group held at Barrow Age UK talk about life in Barrow.
This recording has been heavily edited after a contributor decided that they didn’t want to be involved after the recording.
36 – Shopping in Barrow – Dalton St used to be marvellous for shopping. Cleanest town he ever knew – everyone scrubbed their pavements. Scrubbing steps and pavement.
1m 32 – Talks about a time when everyone put lines out for washing. Talks about not being able to put washing out anymore.
2m 30 – Reminisces about elderly people having a cup of tea out in street. Describes women in Gloucester Street. Talks about her mum beating the carpet and everything being hard.
3m 50 – Parents lived in Drakes St. Mum took in washing and her dad worked in the wire works. Talks about her mum having £100 in bank book.
4m 46 – Discussion about shops disappearing, how things were packaged and the differences in bacon.
6m 02 – Used to be able to buy local crabs in the market. They talk about the market disappearing – blame the supermarkets and changes in shopping habits.
7m 16 – What did you do for fun? Talk of dances at the Rink and church dances. Learnt to twist in the public hall. Saw some great bands – discussion of people they saw perform – including Tom Jones and Cliff Richard. They talk about the worry about going out now. Used to walk home late at night but wouldn’t go out at night now.
11m 40 – Talks about coming to Barrow and starting a roofing business. When he first came in 1966 Barrow was brilliant.
12m 12 – Talks about Listers they wanted to bring ‘Indian women’ from Lancashire to work.
13m 4 – What happened when you left school. Everyone had a choice of three jobs. Chose to be a moulder in Workington but decided to leave as it was horrible. Describes why he became a roofer.
14m 43 – Talks about going for an interview at Samuels after having a child but making sure that she didn’t get the job.
15m 27 – Talks about the fact that he couldn’t get a job because he has epilepsy. Left school at 14 in Bermondsey. Used to work in Bermondsey as he went to London for an adventure after leaving moulding.
16m 40 – Talks about the ‘round house’ on Walney. Talk about Biggar outdoor baths and paddling pool. Talks about cutting her leg there.
19 m 30 – They talk about picture houses. 27 pubs in Barrow.