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Reminiscences of Arthur Douglas Addams about his life

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Date(s): late 20th century

Creator(s): Addams, Arthur Douglas

Scope & Content: Tracks 1 and 2: recording starts with ‘That’s What Life is All About’ by Bing Crosby. Arthur then reminiscences about his life in the Isle of Man. He talks about growing-up with his family in a flat in James Street, North Quay, Douglas and the nearby markets, shops and shop people and the Salvation Army; the Coffee Palace and the harbour and sale of oysters; his father (born in Walsall) and his mother (born in Douglas), and his grandparents, including the effect of the collapse of Dumbell’s bank in the Isle of Man; his siblings.

Arthur recalls watching his father work as a docker with others at the Isle of Man Steam Packet warehouse in Douglas [racist language used]. He recalls memories of the stony ‘circus’ beach near the Red Pier which he played on as a child, where sheets were dried, and playing in ‘Old Douglas’; Clinch’s Brewery; and the cinema. He recalls the families that lived in the other flats and attending St Matthew’s church, Douglas; performing in the choir at The Grand Theatre.

His memories of attending Hanover Street Infants School, Lord Street, Douglas, the teachers and what happened to his classmates; the music he grew-up with including Harry Roy ragtime band (which he plays recordings of as he talks) and his singing at The Palace Ballroom.

He ends by talking about his epilepsy as a child and Dr Dorothy Pantin and walking the streets in Douglas in clogs and free hotpot dinners.

Administration / Biographical History: Arthur Douglas Addams (1920-2011) was born on 22 February 1920 in Douglas.

Language: eng

Extent: 1 hr. 34 min. 3 sec.

Item name: cassette tape

Collection: Sound Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: SA 2019-0110/1

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