Sillars, David (1 of 10). Food: From Source to Salespoint

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    Manufacturers; Retail trade and distribution

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    Gunstone's Bakery, Derbyshire

  • Interviewees

    Sillars, David, 1914- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Russell, Polly (speaker, female)

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    Part 1: Tape 1 Side A: Comment on David Sillars [DS] birth in Dunbarton, Scotland; first born of 7 children; description of parents’ factory jobs; family background. Comment maternal grandfather founder member of Communist party in Clydeside, 1918; DS’s working class pedigree; parents apolitical. Description of grandfather: shipyard worker, played with DS, talked about political beliefs, prisoner of war. Comment on maternal grandmother: died young, lovely woman, apolitical; only knew paternal grandmother, seemed more affluent than other granny. Comment on parents’ relationship; first home in tenement in Whiteinch; strong work ethic of family; parents working very long hours; quite strict. Description of tenement home; chaotic household; birth dates of siblings; not materially deprived; awareness now that others worse off; parental aspirations for children following own limited education. Comment on parents’ focus on family rather than politics; children sent to Sunday school; parents not religious; mention of DS’s uncertain beliefs about God, remark now atheist. Comment on largely enjoyable experience of local schooling; DS responsible for siblings; developing leadership skills; success in exams. Description of new house in Clydebank from age of 8; first proper bath; washing routine in old house; comment on mother’s high domestic standards; discussion of family planning. Description of new house (continued); DS’s excitement about facilities; cost of council housing; DS’s progress to High School; description of DS’s work as milk delivery boy.

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