From then to now … a new start …

Now it gets a little boring as nothing much happened for the next couple of years. K**h had a few jobs which included a vacuum cleaner salesperson. She answered an advertisement in the local free newspaper Kirbyfor a demonstrator and within five to six hours she had become a reseller. Now you may remember from films, the name Kirby. It was/is a huge brand of heavy duty vacuum cleaners from America. It was K**h’s job to follow up on leads, demonstrate the cleaner and convince the householder that their lives would suffer without one.

That job didn’t last very long and she moved on to various other jobs. One was setting up and Safewaysmaintaining houseplants in offices. That got her a large amount of knowledge of gardening and plant care. Other jobs followed before finally getting a job as a cashier in what was then called Safeway. That lasted a while and then got a better job at Marks & Spencer in  Pudsey.

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I didn’t find work straight away and we decided that I should decorate the whole house first. Well I managed the kitchen, the living room and the main bedroom, before the money started to run out. After about eight weeks or so I received a letter instructing me to attend an interview at what was called the Social Security Office (SSO). It was to “Discuss the reasons for me not being employed” and I had to attend on the Thursday morning at 9:30. So ‘suited and booted’ I duly arrived at 9:00 and was told that the interviewer would be late and I should come back in the afternoon. I remember looking at the one of the pin-boards where jobs were posted and spotted one for a “Cook in Charge” at a nearby Aged Persons Home (APH) The counter staffHillside APH rang the number and I was told to go along for an interview straight away.

Finding the place was easy as it was just off the main Leeds & Bradford road. I was shown into the office and the interview began. It was a strange experience and I almost knew that, after explaining the circumstances, the job was mine. It felt like I was interviewing them. Anyway, they told me they would be in touch. I went back to the SSO, knowing now that I had missed the interview I had originally gone for. I was told that the interview would be rescheduled for the following week.

I got home, and at about 5:00pm I had a phone call. I had got the job and when could I start. It was the following Monday when took my first tentative steps in the new job at Hillside APH.

5 thoughts on “From then to now … a new start …

  1. Kirby vacuum cleaner! I had one of those it was even heavier than the Dyson!
    Leeds and Bradford Road, now that’s a blast from my past.
    I think I know where you mean or maybe I’m thinking of something different I had Hillcrest in my head.

    Anyway, great to read more of your story.

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    1. It was at the junction of Calverley Lane and Broad Lane. I think it’s been demolished as it closed in 2012.

      I think Hillcrest was a cinema on Harehills Lane in Leeds *

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      1. I used to live on Calverley Lane and our first married home was further along Broad Lane opposite the Globe pub.
        Actually, I’m probably thinking of sheltered housing that used to be in Bramhope, demolished two or three years back or maybe I’m getting mixed up again!

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      2. I do indeed, just above the parade of shops. I used to have a crush on the butcher boy so my friends and I used to hang out on that parade a lot. My best friend from school lived just lower down on Summerfield Drive.

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