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Hawkridge, John (Part 16 of 28). Speaking for ourselves: an oral history of people with cerebral palsy

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    Cerebral Palsy

  • Recording date

    2005-05-16, 2005-06-09, 2005-06-27, 2005-07-27, 2005-08-30, 2005-09-05, 2005-11-04

  • Interviewees

    Hawkridge, John (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 16 (Tape 9 Side B): Descent of Ben Nevis with broken walking stick and boot. Back to the car by midnight, John had been walking for 17 hours. Gift of beer from fellow walkers. 5 or 6 days in Shetland to recover. In 1975 John took a bus trip to Spain at Easter. John went to Switzerland in July, to Chamonix to see Mount Blanc. Climbed the Eiger on the North Face. In August, John and his sister did a bus tour of Italy. Promotion at the Inland Revenue. Attempting the 3 peaks in Yorkshire, John had a dangerous fall. Clint Eastwood in the ‘Eiger Sanction’. Decided to find a good friend to walk with. Made an honorary member of the Three Peaks Club.

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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

  • Related transcripts

    John Hawkridge interviewed by Richard Smith: full transcript of the interview (PDF)

  • Related links

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

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