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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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Moving to South Shields

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Anyway to come back to my grandfather, he came from Belfast. He was also a cabinet maker and when he came, he came with one brother and this brother did very well, and his children carried on and they had a factory. A cabinet making factory where my grandfather and my father worked. That was a branch of the family who did very well for themselves but my daddy was always a worker. That was basically when, in 1948? how old was my father? He must have been thirty six. His brother-in-law who was already in South Shields asked him if he would like to come and work for him. They had a photography studio in Kepple Street on the site where the GPO is now. My father was reluctant to come, he had never been away from Belfast. He had tried to work on his own, he had tried to be his own boss but it hadn't worked.

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