Carlo Harrison


May 1947 Hyde Terrace Maternity Hospital, Leeds


Grew Up In Yeadon, lived in Heckmondwike, Old Harlow, Wickford, Otley, Yeadon again and now lives in Washingborough, Lincoln

Date of Interview

26th November 2021

“I am so pleased that I was persuaded by Fiona Quinton to be interviewed for this excellent project”

Carlo Harrison (5th December 2021)

Well, it’s taken a while – three years to be exact – but finally Fiona Quinton persuaded me to be interviewed for The Back-Chat Collection.  

I hope you find my ramblings interesting and learn some things about me you didn’t know before!

There’s a mention of my family of course, along with Peggy (of Ledgard’s fame), Mike Grace, The Beatles, Peates Mill, Watermark Productions and more. 

My beloved dogs Musket & Johnson feature alongside four marriages; horses; Aireborough Historical Society and my hardworking parents. I hope this interview will give you a pleasant 60 minutes of entertainment.


Interviewer: Fiona Quinton

Recording Editor: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

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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.
Using Middle Name – Carlo00.30
Parents – Edward (Driver – Mill Worker – Cutter Grinder) – Mother – Ersilia (Pattern Weaver – Interpreter For Mill Girls at Peates Mill)01.50
Italian Hostel – Guiseley03.30
Half Brother – Michael06.05
Moving Home – Settling In Washingborough07.15
School Days – Guiseley Nursery, South View, Benton Park – Bullying09.00
Interviewing The Beatles13.30
Working Life – Cloth Designer – Toy Buyer – Print Management – Printing Company – Film Company – Driver For Bupa16.10
Children – Karen (Paramedic) – Joanne (Medical Director) – Robert (IT)31.30
Step Children – Joe (Logistics) – Ella (City) – Hannah (City)32.25
Childhood Christmases33.30
Childhood Holidays – Italy35.10
Hobbies – Dogs – facebook – Local History – Aireborough Historical Society – Back-Chat36.40
The Back-Chat Collection – Digital Archive42.45
Royal Family55.00
Advice To Teenage Self56.45


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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Recording this social history, chatting to different people about a whole host of subjects is 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