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(Morris) In Reading?

In Reading, yes, in Reading. Quite amusing really, I was very shy, very shy in those days, [laughs] you know,... Read more.

(Morris) And what are your memories of Ireland?

Well yes I grew up there well I ... we had a ... it was lovely really growing up in... Read more.

(Collyer) And how did you come to be in Reading?

Keith was working in Wargrave, and my company was in Reading. So, just up at the Shire Hall, when it... Read more.

(Jones) That was your kind of employment what else was going on in your life?

I was still playing cricket within all those days! And as I said to you ... I realise, looking back... Read more.

(Jones) Are they still there or?

Nah nah, I think they all closed down now. But the old man used to live in Reading just up... Read more.

(Jones) What did you do next? You said you were there for eight months.

I leaved there and I went to work at the bakery. The Court Bakery that was in Grovelands Road. All... Read more.

(Jones) Huntley, Bourne & Stevens? Southampton Street?

Yeah. All that buildings and things there? That used to be a big factory there that was called Huntley, Bourne... Read more.

(Jones) Whereabouts was that?

That was just up up London Road here, at the back. I think that closed down now. And the other... Read more.

(Jones) And what was your impression when you arrived in Reading?

When I first looked in and ... When we was coming into England I see all those houses with the... Read more.

(Browne) When you came to Britain, how did you find the food?

It was very hard with the food. The meat was alright because in those days Union Street had lots of... Read more.

(Browne) Where did the trolley buses go, did you use the trolley buses?

They used the seventeen, from Tilehurst to Wokingham Road. Remember the chap going out and pulling the same and turning... Read more.

(Browne) What sort of changes have you seen in Reading over the years?

Plenty, plenty, yeah there plenty changes in Reading ... when I came here it was trolleybus, know what I mean,... Read more.

(Browne) What sort of hours did you work there?

I used to work, we start at half past seven, until one for lunch and then you finish at five.... Read more.

(Browne) You said you were working at Huntley, Bourne and Stevens? Tell me what you did on that job?

Oh all bits of things, used to cut the, there were machines and you used to put these sheets of... Read more.

(Browne) So that was a help to you?

Yes, that made me feel then more comfortable. Before we got our house we were walking out one evening, and... Read more.

(Malhotra) How did you find out about that job?

It was advertised in the paper you know and ... good job. You asked this thing because I, in those... Read more.

(Malhotra) Where, where was that?

Well that office is closed now, in that place is The Oracle built now. That's where the office was, behind... Read more.

(Malhotra) So what was Reading like as a town in 1970?

It was ... it was quite nice and friendly, don't ... the real ... I think now I have seen... Read more.

(Malhotra) What was it like, what was it like for you arriving in ... in Reading in the winter, in a room, expecting your first child?

Well it was very hard for ... first of all ... any first time mother it is a difficult time.... Read more.

(RBrowne) Must have been a good wage for a plumber then?

Oh yeah. That was good wages then. For a plumber, about £12 - £15. Lots of jobs then used to... Read more.

(RBrowne) And for the people working a Huntley & Palmers? What sort of money?

Huntley & Palmers? Oh the women never got much, much wages, they never got much. They were only making biscuits... Read more.

(RBrowne) What were wages in those days for a plumber?

By that time. Oh, by that time you were probably on about twelve or fifteen pounds a week.... Read more.

(RBrowne) And now so there's hardly any place, as you were saying, besides Jackson's, which remains the same?

Jackson is some very exciting people I deal with too. If I tell you. The store is a bit different... Read more.

(RBrowne) So what was property selling for then in those times?

As I said, I paid £1280, but you could've buy, most expensive is probably, £2,000, two and a half thousand... Read more.

(RBrowne) What was the rent in those days. You could rent a room for?

Oh you could rent a room for about, in old money, for about ten shillings a week. Yeah, ten shillings... Read more.

(RBrowne) So it's like a new town when you compare it to what it was then?

Oh yeah. Completely new place. The only, one of the best survivors I know now is Jackson's. Even, and a... Read more.

(RBrowne) What did Drews sell?

Drews, there on Caversham Road now. They're an ironmongers. They sell copper tube now, fittings, any sort of thing like... Read more.

(RBrowne) You didn't know the Huntley & Palmers factory then?

Yes I have, yes I know it. 'Cos gradually they begin to run it down. But Sapphire Plaza, where the... Read more.

(RBrowne) So you have moved to Reading since 1960? And we're now 2006 so you have seen a lot of changes. Can you explain some of those?

Changes I would say, for instance, Queens Road that only used to be one road, the car park didn't exist.... Read more.

(RBrowne) Was this an Englishman?

A white man yeah. Mr Bryan and the house was being sold for £1,280. Nice two-bedroom house on three floors.... Read more.

(RBrowne) So when did you come to Reading? What year?

I came to Reading in 1960. I came to Reading in 1960, that's when I started living. But I visited... Read more.

(Tamang) So the restaurant now, the address is-

One four one to one four five Caversham Road. When we first started it used to be getting better and... Read more.

(Tamang) So you sent the boys to school, you paid for them because it was important the education. And tell me what's happened then, the restaurant we're sitting in now, its grown, how did this happen?

In this one section we managed to fit in sixty to seventy people, its actually, very obviously overcrowded. When we... Read more.

(Tamang) When you say nobody do you mean ...

There were no Nepalese, in a Nepalese restaurant the only people that are gonna be working in the restaurant at... Read more.

(Tamang) Were there any other people from Nepal in Reading?

Nobody, first Nepalese here. And nobody would come and work in the restaurant 'cos Reading was very underdeveloped.... Read more.

(Tamang) Was the IDR built then?

No it wasn't. Only old houses were there apart from, parks. There weren't any of those buildings by the station... Read more.

(Tamang) So how did you find Reading? Was it different from Southall? In what way? And Ealing?

A lot of Indians in Southall is a bit like being in Deli. In Ealing there's a lot of English.... Read more.

(Tamang) Going back then, when you came to Reading and, your husband was working in the Star of India where were you living as a family?

There were four rooms above the Star of India, and after when we bought this there was rooms on top... Read more.

(Tamang) Why was, why did you give the food free?

My husband, he knew a lot of people by that time in Reading and he'd invited them all as a... Read more.

(Tamang) Was that a lot at the time or ...

At that time that was a hell of a lot of money. At that time a vegetable curry was 60p.... Read more.

(Tamang) Did you buy the English café?

At that time the café that was here they bought it for twenty five thousand. It was, can't remember exactly... Read more.

(Tamang) So this was your husband, he rented the Star of India-

So my husband went back five days later to the partnership he'd left and told them that he was leaving,... Read more.

(Tamang) So why Reading?

He'd been looking around for businesses at that time and one the businesses that was going for sale was the... Read more.

(Tamang) Tell me about coming to Reading

Five years were in Southall that's the limit of time on the work permit. After five years he told the... Read more.

(Pollek) You've related about your primary education, what about your secondary education?

I went to school, I remember one morning, and there was paper on the desk and a new pencil, and... Read more.

(Pollek) What other early memories do you have of your childhood?

Well I learnt English at school, though I don't remember not being able to communicate with anybody in English, but... Read more.

(SSheikh) What year was it when you came here?

1966. Frame Clothing moved after a year to Basingstoke Road, Bennett Road so that got tough that's when the bus... Read more.

(SSheikh) What was the job?

The same this refrigeration and I said to him 'Try you know you might got a nice job,' so he... Read more.

(SSheikh) What time of year was that?

Well it was in late March, it was freezing, I was so cold and you know when you are young... Read more.

(SSheikh) So tell me about your journey to England then?

We just wrote to my sister in-law that, my father in-law did that oh they were thinking of coming and... Read more.

(Graham-Paul) Tell us where the mural is exactly?

It's [pause] as you're coming over the IDR, on the right hand side, where all the black historians are ...... Read more.

(Graham-Paul) Tell me about your involvement in other projects in Reading?

You know the black mural, the mural along the wall. When you drive past and you see the nurse holding... Read more.

(Graham-Paul) You're just talking about some differences there ... culture shock differences ... what sort of thing do you mean?

What I meant is ... is the way people are sort of ... they look at you and because you... Read more.

(Fappiano) Can you relay to me your experiences as a child?

Well as a child I was born during the Second World War and then after the war it was a... Read more.

(Patyra) In Watlington Street.

Lovely. It was ruined when we got it but we got it. I mean that was my wife's church, Church... Read more.

(Patyra) Is that the church, Polish church?

Yes, near the hospital, yes.... Read more.

(Patyra) Played whatever?

Yes. Whatever it was. And so from that we went with the Polish theatre all over England, Wales and Scotland.... Read more.

(Patyra) What sort of music did you play, mainly American or Polish or ... ?

Well, see, music, it's international, see whatever it was in England we played.... Read more.

(Patyra) What, for demob soldiers?

Well. That was a used to be a American airmen, used to live there. See, so after the Americans left... Read more.

(Patyra) OK. What was at Nettlebed? Was that camp or..

Camp, yes.... Read more.

(Patyra) So you had, your headquarters were.. and you were still playing in the band, yes?

Yes, and then they started demobbing people. But I stayed in Nettlebed, Wallingford.... Read more.

(Patyra) So you were demobbed at Wallingford?

No, I wasn't demobbed, we were there and that was our headquarters.... Read more.

(Szopis) Which cinema did you go to? Where was it?

It's funny. It's the Odeon, is it still where is the cinemas, I don't go to cinemas any more. There... Read more.

(Cam) So in terms of how Reading has changed then 'cos you've been here since 1960.

Oh it's changed so much. The Butts Centre wasn't there. When I came there were nice Tudor houses. I can... Read more.

(Cam) So, what happened with your plans?

Well, in 1969, I was on Rushey Ward. I was in my second year actually, the end of my second... Read more.

(Cam) Did you take a trip back there during your student days?

No, I couldn't afford ... In fact, I worked my socks off. I used to work at the cinema, at... Read more.