"My Childhood: growing up in Tunstall,
Stoke-on-Trent, in the 1950's and '60's"
On Tuesday, 14th of March, 2023, Author Mary Mae Lewis gave a Talk at the Burslem History Club. Prior to the Talk, Mary Mae appeared on the Paula White Radio Show (BBC Radio Stoke).
"Just over 40 people turned up to my 'Memory Lane' talk; not a bad turnout, considering that it was a snowy winter's evening.
I was thrilled to see several of my old school friends there, as well as one of my former PE teachers. (After having heard me speak on BBC Radio Stoke the week before).
I talked for an hour and showed over 60 slides. I covered my childhood and gave anecdotes from my solid, working-class upbringing. The second child of an engineering pattern maker and an aerographer, I enjoyed the post-war boom years and the benefits of a Labour Government.
Life centered on close family, church, school and caravan holidays in North Wales. There were also extracurricular activities, including training for competition swimming and doing the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards... so, I had more than enough to talk about.
It was a very good evening and I was so pleased to have had the opportunity to share my memories of a Potteries Girl's experiences."
Mary Mae Lewis, Author
Born in the 1950's
Mary Mae's mother, aerographing
Potter carrying ware
Aerial view of the Square