Karen Carrington


4th 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.

Carlo Harrison

Interviewer: Carlo Harrison
Sound Engineer David Myers
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 the times shown for the headings opposite, they are a guide to the many things we chatted about.

Coronavirus 01.20
Multiple Sclerosis - Daughter07.00
Coronavirus - Lockdown - Government13.25 
Vincent (Roy) & Kathleen Luty15.45
Four Brothers & One Sister20.50
South View & Aireborough Grammar School22.05
Ambition - Air Hostess23.50
Working Life - Ground Hostess24.20
Famous People - Heathrow Airport28.15
Family Holidays - Scarborough31.15
Childhood Christmases32.50
Message To Younger Self33.55
Two Marriages And A Blind date35.25
Telephonist, Check in Agent, Receptionist 40.00
Travel, Baking, Genealogy 47.10

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