Cissy Randall

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"A hard life". Born 29.11.1904. Left school at 15 years old - worked at Ticklers Jam Factory in Southall - washing, polishing jars. Wages about 22/-. 1925 Married. 1927 Son born. Had to go to work, jam factory - some night work. Husband on market garden - no work in bad weather. 1933 Daughter born. Went to work in HMV Hayes as French polisher. No paid holidays. 1940 - during WW II - night work. Her mother looked after the children. Later - worked for 31 years in a concrete firm - Girlings Stone who made concrete air raid shelters during the war. Other work later including making floor and roof beams. Hard & dirty work 11d per hour. Parents, particularly father very strict about the family being home by 9pm even after they were married. Chiswick Empire on Saturdays. 1970 - aged 66 years - cleaning 6am - 8.30pm. Cycled to work. Lived with son for 13 years, then sheltered accommodation at Dashwood. At one time her mother used to organise an outing for a party to Ascot race-course. Went in a "brake" - two horses and open air cart.
Artefacts: Wedding photograph, bacge from HMV - re war voluntary work