THE WAY WE WERE
Memories � Molly Harrison
I can remember it all so clearly! I used to go dancing every Saturday. We used to go for picnics. The roads didn`t use to be busy. We used to go to the pictures twice a week. It used to cost six pence.
Memories � Linda Carr
We shocked our parents. We used to do things that they never did. We wore mini-skirts, we went dancing at discotheques, and we went to pop concerts.
I got tickets for a Beatles concert in 1965, and I travelled all the way to Liverpool to see them.
My parents bought me a record player for my fourteenth birthday. My friends and I listened to record nearly every night. We didn`t watch TV much then, but our parents did.
Our family had a Mini, and once we went camping in France in it.
When we were students we wanted to change the world. We said �Make love not war�. We often marched to ban the bomb. In 1968, there were student revolutions in many parts of the world.
So many things happened in the 60s. President Kennedly was killed in 1963, they landed on the moon in 69, and the Berlin wall � they built that in er… let me see… I think that was 1961. Well I`m pleased some things change!
A Who did you talk to at the party last night?
B Oh, Jenny and Tom, but Jenny mainly.
A What did you talk about?
B She was telling me about her new job.
A Who did you dance with?
B No one. By the way, did you know that Belinda is going out with Steve?
A No. Who told you that?
B Tom did. Someone saw them together in a restaurant.
A Who saw them?
B Annie did.
A Huh! You can`t believe Annie!
B Well, you don`t know what Annie said.
A Why? What happened in the restaurant?
B Well, when Annie saw them they were very surprised, and then they…
Bill Cole talks about when he was young
I was born in 1919, er… May 7th 1919. I was the eldest of four. I had one brother and two sisters � just the youngest sister is still alive. I`m a true Cockney. We lived in the East End of London. We had two rooms above a fish and chip shop. Number 18 India Street, it was next to the river. The rooms always smelt of fish. We didn`t have much money, but we ate well � not only fish and chips. Dad worked in the fruit and vegetable market at Covent Garden. He used to bring home all kinds of fruit and veg. Ma was a cleaner and she worked in offices and hospitals.
Dad used to start work at four o`clock in the morning and from when I was seven, it was my job before school, to run to the market with his breakfast. I used to love doing that. Best of all were the days when he said: �Don`t go to school today, son. Stay with me. You`ll learn more about life here. But don`t tell your Ma!�
He was right � the noise, the men and women shouting and laughing, the colour, the smells � it was wonderful. At lunchtime we got pie and peas twice, for six pence. I can still taste that pie and peas � best taste in the world!
Then Dad died when I was twelve. I had to help Ma look after the little ones. So I left school and started to work full time in the market. I did it for ten years. After that I was taxi-driver. It`s been a good life.
Camilla, Duchess of Lochmar, talk about when she was young
I was born on May 7th, 1919, at the family home, Foxton House, in Leicestershire. Our family has lived there for generations. We have the most beautiful gardens. People used to travel miles to see our rose garden in June. The smell of the roses came right into the house. I was the youngest child and the only girl. I had three older brothers… much older. They weren`t there while I growing up. Two were in the army and one was at Oxford University. Of course, my mother and father used to spoil me, my father especially. He used to call me his �little princess�. He died when I was sixteen. It was a terrible time for mother and me. Fortunately, I was at home with her. I never went to school. I had a governess for a few years, so I didn`t have much education. My mother thought it was more important for a girl to learn to dance, to go to parties, and look pretty. She wanted me to find a good husband after my father died. My best memories are the two years before I married � all those dances and parties. I loved it. But I met and married the Duke when I was twenty. A good marriage is important. I only knew one girl who got a job. Poor girls these days, they all have to find jobs! I can`t imagine that they have as much fun as we used to have!
In a restaurant
A Did you have a nice meal?
B Yes, I did. The fish was wonderful, wasn`t it?
A Yes, it was. There was so much but we finished it, didn`t we?
B Mm. I do like it here. We haven`t been here for ages, have we?
A No we haven`t. It has a nice atmosphere, and it`s very reasonable, isn`t it?
B Yes, it is. And the waiters really look after you, don`t they?
A Yes, they do. Shall we go home now?
B OK. Let`s go.
A Did you have a nice meal?
B Yes. The fish was wonderful.
A There was so much but we finished it.
B I do like it here. We haven`t been here for ages.
A It has a nice atmosphere and it`s very reasonable.
B And the waiters really look after you.
A Shall we go home now?
B OK. Let`s go.