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Carl May


February 1954 Horsforth (Four Gables)


Grew up and lived in Rawdon, now lives in Lions Bay, BC, Canada.

Date of Interview

22nd March 2022

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Carl May 13th April 2022

Carl May is an ex-Rawdon boy who now lives in Lions Bay, Canada. His father had a shop at the bottom of Canada Road in Rawdon (coincidentally) which was known and loved by many back in the day. 

Carl’s mother died when he was just 5 years old and his dad, aunties and uncles stepped in to make sure that he had as normal a childhood as possible.

In 1987 a decision was to be made to move to Cornwall or Canada, Canada won and the emigrating process began. Skiing, running and cold-water swimming feature in Carl’s story. 

And we were joined by his wife Sue to talk about the equivalent of the NHS in Canada, Justin Trudeau, Coronavirus, Canadian people as well as our Royal Family, Boris Johnson and Joe Biden. It was interesting to hear their thoughts on the American/Canadian relationship and what each country thinks of the other.

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Recording Editing: Carlo Harrison

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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.
Ukraine War
Mums Death
Mays Shop, Rawdon
Sister – Stephanie May
5 Year Printing Apprenticeship
Decision to Emigrate To Canada
Canada – First Impressions
Ocean View
Childhood Holidays – Bridlington – Filey – Scarborough / Childhood Christmases
Marriage To Sue – Pooley Bridge & Patrick Moore
Children – Carl (40) – Philippa (39) – Lorna (35)
Skiing – Running – Cold Water Swimming
Canada – Medical Services Plan
Coronavirus – Canada
Justin Trudeau
Canadian People
British Royal Family
Boris Johnson
Joe Biden
America / Canada Relationship


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