Yvie Holder

Yvie recalls her childhood and family life in Hull in the 60s and 70s, describing her home and the games she would play in some depth. She also talks about the influence of her West Indian father and English mother on her identity and school life.

Media No: 1143
Interviewee Forename: Yvie
Interviewee Surname: Holder
Year of Birth 1955
Interviewer: Dan Dearing
Location: Hull Central Library
Date of Interview: 23/10/2017
Duration (HH:MM:SS): 01:30:18


Time Code Notes

[00:00:00] Born in London, moved to Hull from Liverpool in 1962. Father relocated while working for Bird’s Eye. Went to Eastfield School at this time. Memories of new house in Hull. Family happy that father now had the job he had worked for.

[00:04:57] Early impressions of Hull. Family focus on food as father had cosmopolitan tastes from Trinidad. Playing out on bike as roads were quiet. Peter Pan Park at Costello Playing Fields played a role. Pickering Park – aviary, monkeys.

[00:09:35] Memories of house in Anlaby Park – 1920s semi modelled on Garden Village idea. Installation of central heating and the difference it made in winter. Parkray, Creda Carefree cooker, twintub washing machine.

[00:18:20] Mother did not work until family were older. Did A-levels through nightclasses (adult education). Worked in children’s book department of W H Smith.

[00:20:45] Mother’s involvement in community – ran the Brownie pack alongside household chores and family.

[00:22:15] Bird’s Eye – pea season, demands at this time.

[00:23:35] Dietary influences from father’s West Indian roots and mother cooked to his taste. Very different at the time and eventually influenced own cooking.

[00:29:50] Playing games – family games of cards, ludo, draughts. At school – marbles, skipping, roller skates. Home – elastics (French skipping), ballgames, lots of children played together – hide and seek, block 123. Collected bubble gum cards, stamps.

[00:35:50] Television – black and white, watching Dr Who, limited hours broadcast. Gramophone player – father brought from America with LPs. Radio – light programme, Pop Pickers.

[00:40:53] Influence of Beatles and pop music on Yvie and influence of music on the family.

[00:44:05] Eastfield School – recollections of what mattered, being with people, enjoyable time, support of parents, influences on future life.

[00:50:24] Kingston High School – Head Girl. 11+, memories of educational experience. Recollections of shift to comprehensive education, gender split and it’s influence, children challenging the rules and the adults.

[01:02:34] Racism – recollection of incidents at secondary school, in the community. Influence on direction of work as an adult.

[01:11:50] Influence of cultural heritage on daily life and aspirations.

[01:19:40] University life – York – difficult with leaving home. Reconnected with city through City of Culture.

[01:24:00] Teenage years – youth club, Girl Guides, ballroom dancing, Florence Hall School of Dancing, socialising with friends, cinema, theatre. Saturday job at post office provided money for entertainment. City Youth Orchestra rehearsals.

These time code notes are provided as a rough guide to the above recording. Untold Hull would like to thank all the volunteers who took part for their time and hard work in producing this information.