Astrid Massey remembers her work as a barmaid
Resource Type: Audio | Posted on 20th February 2012 by Liam Physick
Astrid Masset talks about how she worked as a barmaid at the NUR Branch Five headquarters in Deane Road, and would make shirts for the men when they attended the functions there: she also remembers the skirts and shoes that she wore. Astrid next mentions working for the Co-Op chemist in Lockerby Road
Interviewee: Astrid Massey
Interviewee Gender: Female
Date of Interview: 17th November 2011
Astrid: So, thatâ€™s . . .
Jodie: We havenâ€™t heard about that NUR place before, is that what it is, the NUR?
Astrid: Yeah, National Union of Railway (sic) . . .
Jodie: In Deane Road?
Astrid: . . . Branch Five.
Astrid: Thatâ€™s right . . .
Astrid: . . . because, well, we had shirts made, well, menâ€™s shirts, and there was a thing on it, it had NUR 5 on (Jodie laughs), and we used to wear skirts . . .
Jodie: When you were at, a barmaid there, yeah . . .
Jodie: . . . yeah.
Astrid: It was only, I, I was telling the girl downstairs, it was only because, being tall, you didnâ€™t get the fashions, as youâ€™ve got them now (Jodie laughs), so, we used to have our skirts, and I used to have me shoes made, cos we were big feet (Jodie laughs), I took an eight and a half . . .
Jodie: Oh, really?
Astrid: . . . and my sister took a nine . . .
Astrid: . . . and course, when you got your no, the long mid to the calf, with the split up and you had a fancy underskirt, so as you walked you got all this fancy that, you sort of, we couldnâ€™t go and buy it, so we had to have them made . . .
Jodie: Oh, right.
Astrid: . . . so thatâ€™s how I come to get the part-time job of a weekend because I used to work for the Co-Op chemist, that was in Lockerby Road, well that was another thriving, the Co-Op, you had the milk, cooked meats, confectioners, chemists.
Jodie: Was that, like, a big, a big supermarket-type place, was it?
Astrid. No, no, thatâ€™s only where they made the goods . . .
Jodie: Oh, right!
Astrid: . . . then they went out to the shops . . .
Astrid: . . . Scotland Road and, you know the building by T Js which has got, like, glass down it, that was Co-Op House, and then there was Unity House, but that was round by Scotland Road â€“ all them went with these road works. Oh, Iâ€™d write you a book about that (Jodie laughs), cos there was, thatâ€™s not on, is it?
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