Karen Carrington


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.

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.
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, Receptionist40.00
Travel, Baking, Genealogy47.10


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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Carlo Harrison