March 1934, Yeadon.
Grew up and lives in Yeadon
Date of Interview
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Michael Parker, ‘ah yes the coalman from down Kirk Lane’, that’s how countless numbers of people know him but there is so much more to this well-spoken gentleman.
It is true that the family business was a major part of Michael’s life but then again so was the theatre and his National Service. You wouldn’t think that the man unloading a freight train truck full of coal by hand onto the back of a lorry could also be a budding thespian treading the boards in the theatre.
This was only the second recorded interview I had done but I am very pleased to say that we managed to capture the little devil that lives inside Michael Parker.
Interviewer: Carlo Harrison
Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton
Sound Engineer David Myers
South View School
Civic Theatre, Bradford
Coal Merchant, Kirk Lane
Football (the street), Yeadon
Shirley Birkenshaw Wedding
Yeadon Tarn (Dam)
Froggy Island – Yeadon Dam
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.
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