In this extract, Lil Day recalls the shops and the tradesmen who used to come to peoples’ homes to sell their wares: the milkman, greengrocer and butcher. Even shoes and wool were delivered. It was a matter of making ends meet. She used to get her groceries on credit from Mr Bird’s shop in Cottonmill Lane and likewise the children’s shoes from Mr Ray. Lil made her children’s clothes from unpicked material from jumble sales.
Interview date: 10 November 2010. Interviewer: Sandy Norman.