December 1939, Larkfield Crescent, Rawdon.
Grew up in Rawdon & Yeadon and now lives in Guiseley.
Date of Interview
28th November 2019
“Please feel free to publish my story if you still feel you want to.”
Ken Roberts (5th April 2021)
This interview with Ken Roberts covers a whole host of interesting subjects.
The deaths of his mother and then, years later, his first grandchild must have affected this quietly spoken man. We talk about Ken’s granddaughter and her passing in depth and I’m grateful to him for letting us share this tragic part of his life.
Ken was a key figure in Guiseley Operatic Society. He also spent two years on an archaeological dig; knew Barney Colehan and loved to sing – for which he was trained by a rather robust teacher!
He had a troubled life at times and was a victim of bullying in his youth. But this is a story to sit and listen to – a real piece of social history.
Interviewer: Carlo Harrison
Cataloguer: Fiona Quinton
Sound Engineer David Myers
|Wedding & Honeymoon||11.15|
|Guiseley Operatic Society||13.05|
|South View & Aireborough Grammar School||22.15|
|Bullied By A Gang||23.45|
|Singing – Cubs -Scouts||34.15|
|Death Of A Grandchild||45.00|
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