14: Oral History Project - Louise Street & Debbie Gasston
In this episode of our Oral History Project, we have another conversation between 2 generations.
But this is a little bit different from the other ones. This time it is between a mother and daughter.
Debbie works for Barnardo’s as a therapist and as a councillor.
She’s interviewing her mum - Louise, who was born in Grenada in 1938, and came to the UK as a young woman looking to build a career, get married and have a family.
In the conversation, Louise describes the 16 day boat journey she took to the UK, she recounts some terrifying experiences she had with Teddy Boys, and they both reminisce over their big family get togethers.
They also talk about their family’s unique experience of being a minority group within Grenada. You see, while Louise was born in Grenada, her family was originally from India, and were brought to the Caribbean by the British as indentured servants. This leads to an interesting discussion about their family heritage, religion and cultural identity.
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