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Hall, Bill (Part 1 of 9) Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy

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    Cerebral Palsy

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  • Interviewees

    Hall, Bill (speaker, male)

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    Mann, Philip (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 1 (Tape 1 Side A): Born 1936 eldest of six in a working-class family. Father ill. Dr Douglas said that Bill would be a vegetable and would not reach his teens. Rejection by Father. Brothers and sisters - Jim, lost one, a brother when Bill was six, a sister when Bill was nine, two younger brothers. Irish grandfather Patrick O'Donnell. Sent to a special school at the age of six in 1942. Left school at 16, went to a government training college in Egham in Surrey. Difficulty using pencil. Operation at the age of 12 in 1948. Snooker. First pint at the age of 18. Lanarkshire Spastics Association day out. Wilma Lawson. Vice chair Lanarkshire Spastics Youth Club. In 1958 at the age of 23 Bill met Sadie who was 30 and had polio. Married in 1959 and lived at Bill's parents. Three children in 4 and a half years. Moved to Glasgow and then back to Hamilton to live in a pre-fab. Marriage split and Bill moved to Corby. Youngest child William was eight and eldest Arthur was 11. Divorce. Now has seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Sadie died in 1992.

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    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

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    Bill Hall interviewed by Philip Mann: full transcript of the interview (PDF)

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    'Speaking For Ourselves' project website, including resources, information for schools and news

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