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Res.1.2 Female resident, age unknown, married, corporation tenant, male interviewer, 10 November 1960

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/1/2

Scope and Contents

Topics discussed include: Resident/police relations; youth; hire purchase; class distinction.

Resident/police relations: INTVEE recounts an incident in which her son was arrested for stealing and fears he will go to prison, she told him in Saughton it was much nicer - there's television and concert parties. She feels the police treated her son badly because he was dressed roughly and that they do not discriminate between honest working class and criminals. They do nothing to stop the youths driving fast around the district on motorcycles with no lights. The police are feared not like the friendly, gentlemen she remembers from her childhood in the Scottish Borders.

Youth: Youth leaders getting together to discuss what the youth wanted was not the way to do it - they needed to live among them. She doesn't hit her children, she has only hit her youngest son once which wasn't fair as she was taking out the spite of Royston and Wardieburn on him, her older sons were angry but she couldn't bring herself to say sorry. But children now will only do what you ask if they get a reward. She didn't always regard the police as enemies, when they lived in Leith they would take in trainee policemen as lodgers. She feels bad on the morning of the interview because two lads in Hounslow had been hung for their part in a gang murder. A few years back there was a gang in Leith and Granton called the Jubilee Gang whose members went around with bicycle chains.

Hire Purchase/Finance: The women in the district are scared of the men because they buy so much on hire purchase and daren't tell their husbands how much debt they've run up and so run around after them, cleaning their shoes etc. INTVEE doesn't approve of gambling that racks up debt but likes horse racing and playing housie-housie [bingo].

Thoughts on class: There are the working class and everyone else. Edinburgh upper classes are two faced - she met many while she was working in a shop in town. Doesn't like Morningside in particular - pride and poverty. She always buys their christmas cards from the Infantile Paralysis Fellowship. Her husband goes to a snack bar in York Place for his lunch, you meet all sorts in there, she met a man up from London looking for his wife who had run away with their child. She advised him to go to the Salvation Army place in Leith for help.


  • Other: 10 November 1960

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Related Materials

Res 1.1; Res 4.1; Res 6.19; Res 7.13


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