Julie Cecere


April 1963 in Ilfracombe, Devon


Grew up and lived in Roundhay, Bramham House Children’s Home, Harehills, USA, Moortown and Willow Cottage in Yeadon

Date of Interview

27th January 2020

Hi Julie, With your permission I would like to include your interview on The Back-Chat Collection Website.

“Yes that would be lovely. I hope yourself and Avril are both well. Keep safe.

Love Julie (19th May 2021)”

This conversation with Julie Cecere lived up to my expectations. I know Julie to be an outgoing and bubbly person who never seems to have a free moment. What I didn’t know is that Julie had a hard start in life – nothing was handed to her on a plate, in fact just the opposite. And being a single parent of two boys – one of which had a childhood illness – just adds to the struggles in her life.

However, Julie has forged ahead and is now the proud owner of Willow Cottage a 1750’s grade II listed building and luxury guest house in Yeadon which is now her home town.
She also tells of her connection with the Brayshaw family caravan builders; working as a nanny in the USA; supporting local businesses as well as her views on Brexit, Boris Johnson, climate change and Prince Harry.

This is a two cup of coffee interview, sit back and enjoy.

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison

Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton

Sound Engineer David Myers

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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.
Family Life02.15
Mixed Race Families – Polish – Italian04.20
Children’s Home 09.00
Childhood – Grandparents11.00
Children’s Home – Bramham House15.40
Shared Flat – Harehills19.10
Working Life – Nanny USA20.25
Marriage and Children21.20
Single Parent Family – Child Care23.15
Childhood Illness24.15
Working Life – Event’s Organiser – Caring27.35
Willow Cottage34.00
Supporting Local Business44.30
Cycling, Running, Skiing, Sailing, Decorating48.00
Second Home in France51.10
Boris Johnson54.55
Climate Change57.00
Royal Family58.15


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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