Interviewee: Phyllis Alexander
Interviewer: Liz Bloom
Date: August 18th 2011
I’m Phyllis Alexander and I’ve lived in St Albans ever since I was 4 years old. I started off at the shoe factory and I’ve worked in various places all around St Albans. I had my children and when my two eldest children started school I went to Peakes and got myself a job with school hours. I’d been there a few weeks and I was going to sew the linings into the coats and I put the labels into the backs of the coats as well, with the sizing on. I’d been there about a month or maybe more and they said I had to have a medical. All their staff had a medical when they started. I had this medical and they found that I had a heart murmur at the time so I had to have some treatment. Well, I stuck it for about a month after, and they kept, sort of, messing me about with these coat linings. (I was) supposed to be starting the next week, and they still kept me on the labels and I was getting a bit bored. So in the end, I decided that I would leave ‘til I was better and then I would either apply again and come back, or I would find something else. So anyway, I had some treatment. I mean, they were very good to me, down Peakes.
I saw this advert one day in the Herts Advertiser (for) staff wanted down Ballito
– evening shift. They were starting up a new experimental thing, making nylon stockings
feel like silk. So I applied -