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Ivor and Lila

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Ivor and Lila lived in South Shields before moving to Sunderland. Ivor's parents came from Lithuania in the 1900s. Lila moved from Belfast to South Shields when she was 17 years old. Ivor and Lila owned a music shop on King Street in South Shields.

Ivor and Lila were interviewed by Victoria Rogers on the 9th May 2006, the interview took place in South Shields Museum and lasted for 2 hours fifteen minutes.

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Compared with Ivor I had a poor family life, not poor emotionally but poor financially. My father always worked. He was a cabinet maker, very good. You see I don't know when my grandparents, his parents came to Belfast, but they came? I think they were newly married. My father was born in 1902 he was the first of nine children. She lost a couple on the way but they were all born in Belfast. So do you know where the parents originally came from? I don't know, I think they were Polish, I don't know where they came, and no they weren't Russian. My grandfather, who as I say, brought his bride to Belfast. His father never knew about his brother, he had... how many brothers? Three or four? Four brothers, one went to Palestine, no two went to Palestine I think my grandfather came to Belfast with another brother and a sister went to America. Anyway this brother who went to Palestine, stayed in Palestine took his father to Palestine. Now that father is my great grandfather and we have visited his grave in Israel which is now Israel. It wasn't then and he died in what year did we say? It was 1905 when we looked at the thing.

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