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Shirley Copeland

Shirley was born in Wallsend at the GB Hunter Memorial Hospital on The Green in 1952.

Her father was a Commissionaire at Swan Hunter and the family lived in the ‘Big White House’ was at the top of Swan Hunter’s bank. Shirley talks about her memories of living in the “Big White House” and some of the launches at Swan Hunter.

Shirley was interviewed by Alex Magin on 24 November 2006. The interview took place at Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths and Museum and lasted for 33 minutes.

Shirley Copeland's Memories

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Y’know everybody knew everybody, as I say, on New Year’s Eve, you were in everybody’s houses, open doors – nobody locked their doors.  If anybody needed any help from anybody your neighbours were always there.  Even in the streets below where I lived everybody knew a lot of the people in those streets because you went to school with a lot of the children who lived in those streets and you were in the hub of the shipyard and everybody worked in the shipyard.  So it was a good community, the atmosphere.