Videos tagged with CHILDHOOD
A MyStory film uploaded by DHE Solutions. Doreen Riley describes the outdoor games and homemade entertainments she experienced in Burnley as a child during and following the Second World War. She describes the imaginative ways that children created their own entertainments including making lamp post swings and racing rats across a Lodge (A pond). There was clear excitement when Ealing Film studios filmed 'The man in the white suit' at the top of her road, and Doreen and friends were invited in as extras, playing marbles. www.mystories.eu www.dhesolutions.co.uk
A MyStory film uploaded by DHE Solutions. Pat is a post-war baby who was brought up in a family with very little money, but with strong values. She later married the boy she met at 13, and raised six children. She and her husband would each work over 70 hours per week to ensure her family did not go without and yet occasionally a choice had to be made over whether to buy food or much-needed warm clothing. Pat's attitude to hard work and the commitment to her family is an inspiration. Pat is 63 and has no plans to retire. Skerton is one of the oldest districts of Lancaster dating back to Saxon times. People born in Skerton proudly refer to themselves as 'Skertonians', rather than 'Lancastrians'.
Violet Redmont retells some of her poignant experiences throughout the Second World War. Although she was evacuated several times to Hertfordshire Violet was in South London, in particular the docklands surrounding Rotherhithe, during the some of the worst of the war. The docklands were badly affected by the bombing and Violet remembers a few particular stories of close escapes she and her family encountered... But even though she spent her childhood encountering hard times, Violet looks back on that time in a positive light and considers her family as being very fortunate during the war.
In the concluding part of her interview Vera talks about some of the childhood games she and her friends used to play, like 'Knock Down Ginger' and 'Hopscotch', with her least favourite being 'Under the Covers'. Vera tells us about her mother and father, her father worked on the docks and at one time she remembers him bringing her some bananas and her not knowing what to do with them! Children in the area were not particularly well-off and did not have many toys, they made their own entertainment. But she does remember her favourite possession being her beautiful bike… And when she was a bit older, her first pair of nylons!