Hawkridge, John (Part 6 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 6 (Tape 4 Side A): At school, influenced by vegetarian teacher - became a vegetarian for 12 months. Teacher, Mrs Hill, helped with entrance exam. Betty Clark ran cubs group in hospital. Cub and scout camps. Discipline at school. Bullied at college. Problems that disability creates in meeting opposite sex. At 15, operations removed ability to walk and run easily. Going fishing. Travelling by bus and train. Most disabled girls at school were getting married. Most disabled boys of John’s age had a problem with meeting girls. First date aged 25. Relationships difficult, especially during teenage years.
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