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    York, North Yorkshire: OS Grid Reference(459500,451500)

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    Burbridge, Bernadette (female, interviewer)

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    Stratton, Harold (b.1924, male)

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    Harold describes childhood ruses for making money and recalls Sir Oswald Mosley coming to York in 1936. Bootham Crescent (home of York City FC) and Marygate are streets in the northwest of York. Open All Hours refers to the popular BBC sitcom (1973-1986) set in a typical northern corner shop run by the character Arkwright, played by Ronnie Barker. Sir Oswald Mosley (1896-1980) was the leader of the British Union of Fascists. From 1935 onwards Mosley's overtly anti-semitic propaganda was targeted in working class areas and a number of marches and rallies were held especially in the East End of London.

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