Michael Pollek

Born: 24th February 1954

Reading, UK

Date of interview: 13th July 2006

Map showing where Michael Pollek came from

Is it possible for you to tell us a little about your childhood?

I grew up in Newtown, road called 'Leopold Road' which was very much a working class area. There were lots of immigrants in that area, there were Irish in those days, Poles, Russians. There weren't any blacks when I grew up in 1954, although I remember seeing my first one when I was seven years old and I was quite surprised how curly the hair was. But my father, who was a painter, used to work down Oxford Road which is where a lot of the blacks in Reading settled, and he had friends within the black and Asian communities so that's how I got to meet with those.