Hawkridge, John (Part 2 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 2 (Tape 1 Side B): Early memories including being in the pushchair on way to physiotherapy. In 1953, age 4, went to Larchfield Residential School, Harrogate, boarding from Monday night until Saturday morning. Few personal possessions allowed. A typical school day. Every Monday children were checked for nits. Strict regime - children smacked for misbehaviour and forbidden to drag feet. Pupils had to eat everything on plate but allowed to build dens and ride tricycles outside. John hated having to wear callipers and night splints. Occasional school trips included a visit to local toy shop or a trip to the coast.
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