Electricity and Elvis

Terry Rimmer was serving his National Service in the 1950s in the south of England when his mother decided to use a small amount of insurance money she received from the death of her mother to move house from Sheardley Street to Picton Road in Liverpool. In the following extract Terry describes finding out about the move and how different the new house was:

length of audio clip 2 mins. 15 secs.

Hilary: So that was in, was that nineteen fifty-seven that the family moved to the new house?

Terry: About nineteen fifty-seven yeah, fifty-six, fifty-seven.

Hilary: How did you feel about moving?

Terry: I was made up. I didn’t know we’d moved until I came home for the funeral. They were still living there then, me Grandmother, but not realising that they had you know, sort of an insurance thing and the letter I got off my Mother saying ‘We’ll be moving to so and so’ and I thought I wonder what it’s going to be like you know, and not realising it was a nice house erm, I’ll never forget, I think Elvis Presley erm [pause two seconds] had brought out a record, I had glandular fever and I’d gone into hospital, at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Aldershot and I was that ill, and Elvis had come out with Hound Dog and Don’t Be Cruel on a double sided hit and I was an officiado then of Elvis and I got a letter that particular day in hospital saying we’d moved. So my life was starting to change, because I was made up as well, and the first thing that flittered through my mind was, I can get a proper record player now because there’s electricity, because we had one of them, you know where you’ve got a stylus and you drop it on and [mock singing] you know, sort of that type of wind up gramophone and that’s what I thought, and then when I eventually came to that house, it wasn’t the bees knees, but it was a hell of a lot different. Electric lights, there was three bedrooms, still no bathroom, still an outside loo, but the outside loo was a you know, all water and everything inside and eventually, it was only about two years afterwards, we got a bathroom put in and that you know, so life was on the up.

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