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Res.4.29 Male resident, 20 yrs, single, corporation tenant, male interviewer, 26 October 1961

Identifier: EUA IN1/ACU/S3/4/2/4/29

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INTVEE lives with his parents and siblings whose ages range from 13 to 33. He was asked primarily to talk about Leith where his family are from. He gives Graham Street as an example of a street occupied by big families who all know each other. He thinks there is a Leith accent e.g. they say "shuffle" instead of "shovel". He thinks it's embarrassing the way Leith people talk about "good turnouts" at funerals. There are a lot of old people now in Leith and funerals are frequent. The Edinburgh way with funerals is much quieter, there's much more fuss at a Leith funeral; the men are plied with cake and food and the women just serve the men, they don't eat anything. The women then retire to the kitchen and the men drink themselves blind on whisky. When he left school in 1956 apprenticeships were short and he went to work for British Railways. He didn't like it and left before he had got another job, defying his parent’s advice. He got a job in Leith from the Youth Employment Office. He handed over his pay packet unopened to his mother. His boss gave him a set of tools worth seven or eight pounds and he was to pay him back by having five bob less a week on his wages, he saw this as his mother paying for his tools. His father never hit them but there was a belt hanging on the wall. When he was younger he got spending money from his father and older brothers in exchange for small services. He now makes his younger siblings polish his shoes for money. He thinks there are three types of people in Leith - the people in the Dudleys who have either got money or want you to think they have money, the respectable working class people with fairly good jobs, people who are just poor. He thinks life is better out here, people have more to show for their money whereas in Leith you have one room, you don't need as much. He missed National Service but is due to complete two years in the Territorial Army. He is also involved with life boy work and the St Andrew Ambulance Brigade. He goes dancing to the Plaza at Morningside or to the Cavendish at Tollcross. Most of the people in the district go to the Palais but they're not his type of person. He's not sure what class he is but thinks there are two classes of people - people with enough money not to work and everyone else.


  • Other: 26 October 1961

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