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Evacuation and life in London during WW2

Evacuation and life in London during WW2

Gladys Hodges was evacuated to Gloucestershire from her children's home when War broke out in 1939. Here she talks a little about that and bombs falling on London.

Growing up in a Children's Home

Growing up in a Children's Home

Gladys Hodges was born in 1927 in Tottenham, North London and after her Mother died when she was a month old was sent to a Children's Home where she was brought up.

Working in Kingston, Jamaica

Working in Kingston, Jamaica

Dorothy Della Pena was born in Kingston, Jamaica. Here she talks about working as a dressmaker and making a shocking discovery about her wages!

Teddy boys in West London

Teddy boys in West London

The British Teddy Boy was typically a young man wearing clothes inspired by the styles of the Edwardian period. Some groups of Teds formed gangs and gained notoriety following violent clashes with rival gangs, which were often exaggerated by the popular press. The most notable was the Notting Hill (London) riot of 1958, in which Teddy Boys were present in large numbers and were implicated in attacks on the West Indian community. Here Dorothy Della Pena who had recently moved from Jamaica to Ladbroke Grove area of London describes what she experienced.

Moving to the UK from Jamaica

Moving to the UK from Jamaica

Dorothy Della Pena talks about what it was like leaving her home in Kingston Jamaica to move permanently to the UK in the late 1950's.