Stedman, Ronald (16 of 32). Food: From Source to Salespoint

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    Meat industry

  • Recording date

    1999-09-08, 1999-09-30, 1999-10-28, 1999-11-17, 2000-04-20

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home and Butchers' Hall, London

  • Interviewees

    Stedman, Ronald, 1917-2009 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Courtney, Cathy (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 16: Tape 8 Side B: Buyers for cooked meat factory cont. Interview with David Greig re training. Sent to Butcher’s shop at Electric Avenue, Brixton. David Greig, grandson of DG, came for training under Bryant, same age as RS. RS at Electric Avenue for year before he was sent to the shops as a shopman, details. Aged 18 at Thornton Heath shop and asked to run it by Bryant. Asked for meat buyers job having managed shop, went to head office and saw Ross Greig, DG’s eldest son. RG said there was no job for him, RS gave a week’s notice. Through Kenyon Baptist church pastor RS got a job in soft furnishing department at Bon Marche. Salary at cooked meat factory began at 12/6 and went up to fifteen shillings. Gave mother ten shillings, remaining money went on fares, lunches, cinema. Holidays at Margate, travelled on Crested Eagle, paddle steamer caught at Tower Bridge. Training at Electric Avenue shop, learnt cutting, serving, tying up of meat etc, paid weekly by cashier at desk. Other staff at Electric Avenue shop. RS took out Miss Lambourne, cashier, details. Took lots of girls out, details. RS attended night school to improve standard of education, studied English, maths, obtained certificates; school at Norbury. Linda Jeffkins, girlfriend from night school remains a friend of RS’s sister, relationship with her lasted two years. RS’s sister attended same elementary school. After family move to Streatham (RS approx 17) attended local school and left at 14 to take a job in a mail order firm in Clapham. Sister became a telephonist, worked for American Embassy.

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