I am very pleased to say that the West Yorkshire Archive service have accepted the Back-Chat Collection interviews into their permanent archives thus ensuring their accessibility to the public for many generations to come.

You can hear this interview by simply clicking the West Yorkshire Archive Link where you will find all of the Back-Chat Collection interviews listed in alphabetical order along with captioned photographs.

If you would like to contact The Back-Chat Collection please do email me at carloharrison1947@gmail.com.

To listen to the interviews which are now hosted on the
West Yorkshire Archive Service click here.

Karen Carrington


February 1957 in Harrogate


Grew up in Yeadon, moved to London and now lives in Rawdon

Date of Interview

11th November 2020

“I am very happy to give permission for Carlo to use the content of our discussion for the Backchat project and I also agree that my photographs can be published too. I would also like to say what a pleasure it was to help with the project and to wish everyone involved all the best for the future.”

Karen Carrington (6th January 2021)

Karen is a lovely, genuine lady who it was a pleasure to interview (twice!).

She went to South View School and then Aireborough Grammar and worked as a ground hostess which took her from Leeds Bradford Airport to London Heathrow with a bit of name dropping included!

Karen has been married twice; her daughter Helen suffers from multiple sclerosis. Our conversation covers a blind date, childhood Christmases and holidays in Scarborough.

A down to earth chat which is easy to listen to.

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

Sound Engineer David Myers

HTML5 Audio Player

You can listen to the entire recording by clicking the start arrow or, you can move the slider to one of times shown for the headings opposite, they are a guide to the many things we chatted about.
Multiple Sclerosis – Daughter
Coronavirus – Lockdown – Government
Vincent (Roy) & Kathleen Luty
Four Brothers & One Sister
South View & Aireborough Grammar School
Ambition – Air Hostess
Working Life – Ground Hostess
Famous People – Heathrow Airport
Family Holidays – Scarborough
Childhood Christmases
Message To Younger Self
Two Marriages And A Blind date
Telephonist, Check in Agent, Receptionist
Travel, Baking, Genealogy


Please take into consideration when listening to these interviews that the meaning of language changes over time and that interviewees have not intended to cause offence by anything said which now may be thought to be unacceptable.

Recording this social history, chatting to different people about a whole host of subjects has been a real pleasure, such an interesting and I think worthwhile project for people to listen to both now and in years to come.

Thank you for visiting this website.

Carlo Harrison