Hawkridge, John (Part 1 of 28). Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy
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Hawkridge, John (speaker, male)
Smith, Richard (speaker, male)
Bennett-Gibson, Leona (speaker, female, facilitator)
Part 1 (Tape 1 Side A): Born August 1948, St Mary’s Hospital Leeds. Father was 26, Mother 27 Born with forceps marks on head. Mother, 4ft 11. Problem walking. Physio once or twice a week prior to school. Father was engineer with Royal Ordnance Factory, Leeds, and English Electric, Bradford. Mother home maker, previously working in sewing, needlework, dressmaking. Aged 4 John went to boarding school in Harrogate, Larchfield School, Monday to Saturday morning 1953. One brother and sister. John eldest. One brother died at birth. Manners and discipline important to parents. Birthday and Christmas parties. Used to go on holiday for a fortnight every year to East Coast. No TV at home. Draughts, ludo, snakes and ladders. 2/6 pocket money weekly. Father smoked – influenced John not to smoke. Brother, Robert, born December 1949 and died in car crash, St Valentines Day 1972. Another brother died at birth. Remembers playing games with brothers and sisters. Robert and Elizabeth Mayhumble. Robert worked at foundry called Blakeys. Before marriage, Elizabeth worked in fish shop and cleaned. Family moved to own house in Moortown, Leeds in 1951. Father’s parents called Samuel and Elsie Hawkridge, Crossgates, Leeds. Samuel was building foreman and Elsie was French polisher. Bus or tram travel. Mother had thee sisters and one brother, who lived in Beeston, Clitheroe and Armley.
Interviewed for the project 'Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy'; a project conducted by Scope in partnership with the British Library, financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund