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Interview with woman from Laxey about her childhood experience of the Second World War

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Date(s): 1998

Creator(s): Ritchie, Violet

Scope & Content: Track 1: Manx woman (b.1932) from Laxey talks to Violet Ritchie about her childhood in the Isle of Man during the Second World War. She talks about her father; people staying in her parents boarding house in Laxey during the war including soldiers’ wives and women from French colonies; learning French; her parents' Laxey village shop and bakery supplying bread to internment camps; unemployment in the Isle of Man in the 1950s and 1960s and arrival of finance sector; her travelling to school on trains and trams; talking to internees; women doing jobs; travel after the war and holiday visitors returning.

Track 2: She continues to talk about other people's impressions of the Isle of Man; visitors impressions of the island. She then returns to recalling her wartime memories including petrol shortage; gas masks; ID checks, the blackout; Home Guard; bombers flying over; RAF airports; ships in the Irish Sea during the Second World War and Fleetwood as the port for the Isle of Man Steam Packet.

Language: English

Extent: 1 hr. 8 min. 58 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2009-0008/1

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Subject tags : #UOSH

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