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Hull History Oral History: Film Of Hull Being Rebuilt 1950 – 1963

(Video originally shared in the Facebook Group Hull and Yorkshire Memories.)

“Why Hull?” I’m asked. 

“Because Mira Johnson and House Of Mirelle were in Hull,” I reply. “Also because, well, when I started to look at both those things in light of Hull’s history overall, it became clear that their story is Hull’s too.”

“Everyone knew everyone, Carrie, everything is connected,” said a lady one day.

“I see that,” I answered, “the shops and the streets and the houses and the people in them – they are all part of each other.”

“It’s still the same way today,” they replied, firmly. “We all know someone who knows someone.”

“That’s what makes this so fascinating to research,”I said. “It’s not for everyone I know. It’s a lot of painstaking, slow, fine attention to detail but what comes from it – um – I’m seeing what you mean about everyone knowing everyone, yes, but also that everything really does connect with everything from way back when right through to now.”

“I don’t know if you know, Carrie, but Hull was bombed more than London in The Blitz.” He said it bravely and fearfully, both at once.

“I did. It must have been absolutely awful. How anyone survived is beyond me.”

“There have been a lot of changes you know,” someone else said, pensively. “Sometimes I lay awake at night and think about how great it was to go to all those shops in the old days, I’m sure many people do.”

“It reminds me of that song, beneath my feet begins to crumble, but my love..”

“Never dies!” they said, finishing the 1960s lyrics for me.

“Oh it was a golden age, it really was,” said someone new. “We went dancing all the time but I always kept Saturday nights free for the New York Ballroom because I might meet someone there.”

“How fabulous!” I replied, “and did you…?”

© Carrie Henderson 2016

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Researching and writing a book about a Hull fashion house called The House Of Mirelle. Our Facebook page is called The House Of Mirelle, join us! Lives in London. Is a social and fashion history researcher and writer of creative non fiction. Runs the Surbiton Writers Group. Loves multi-media, fashion history and film. Collects vintage clothing and vintage clothing patterns and is an avid home dressmaker. On a TV game show my specialist subject would be the history of fashion in the UK. Twitter @carriejourno. Facebook Carrie Henderson Journalist. Email carrie@carriehendersonjournalist.com.

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