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Interview with Mrs Shimmin of Douglas about her childhood and Baldwin

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Date(s): between 1950 and 1970

Scope & Content: Mrs Shimmin of Douglas talks to Margaret Killip about her childhood and Baldwin. She talks about ‘Smookie’ (her step-grandfather); the daily tasks she had to do as a child; living at the house under the reservoir; the name of the farm where grandparents lived (Moaney); Tommee Nannee and Phillie the Dessert; good singers including Jonathan Cain, conductor of the Crosby Band; band contest at Derby Castle; Smookie composing a fairy song after walking from Michael to Baldwin; breaking a sugar bowl as a child; starting school, aged 4, at Baldwin; walking across fields; teachers, Mr Barton and Mr T.P Quayle; leaving school aged 14 and working at the family post office; brothers delivering the post; dressmaking; mother’s family; grandmother Jane Mullin; Mrs Kelly the Weaver; working at the mill; the materials, garments and dye; other places she worked; St Luke’s church; unity of churches; raising the tunes; Phillie's singing; singing in Wellington Hall; chapel events; bachelor parties; games and Sunday School; Mrs Hinton; corn mill; dragging the water from the mill stream and Mr Clague the miller; Sunday School picnics to Laxey travelling in a landau; walking up Whitebridge Road and Slieau Lhig; Silverdale.

Language: English

Extent: 35 min. 4 sec.

Item name: magnetic recording tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 0109

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