Meeting once a week with residents in the downstairs lounge. An hour-long session based around the concept of the T.V. series ‘This is Your life.’
Each week I would interview one of the residents about their lives.
These sessions created a lot of interaction and conversation. People realising that they lived a couple of roads from each other, went to the same school and the same pickled herring and cucumber store on the lane (Petticoat lane)
‘My mother lived in the lane and my mothers brother had a cucumber shop my mother was a piece worker doing cigar making. She would treat roll and produce.
On our days off we liked to go out for the day on the riverboat up to Westcliffe. Have lunch and take a ride around. Sometimes we took our own lunch, cheese, egg, allsorts we went with friends, and we were footloose and fancy-free.
I was the oldest of 7 children and we had a funfair at the end of our road. – Your a bit nosy aren’t you!’
Julia - 106 years young!