Listening Project

Conversation between father and daughter, George and Susan, about George being the oldest trader on Columbia Road flower market in East London.

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  • Is part of (Collection)

    The Listening Project

  • Recording locations

    BBC Broadcasting House, London

  • Interviewees

    Wade, Susan, 1954- (female, housewife), Gladwell, George, 1928- (male, nurseryman/market trader)

  • Producers

    BBC Radio 4

  • Recordist

    Catt, Georgia

  • Abstract

    George talks about being the oldest trader on Columbia Road flower market in East London and how the area has changed since he started. His daughter Susan asks about George and his wife, her mother. George describes how they met - reminiscing about the war and the blackout and how he fell in love with her. He recounts how there wasn't a minute when he wasn't happy but that he misbehaved and was kicked out of their home. He asks Susan what happened when he left home, Susan says she was just growing up. He talks about how he wished he could have got back with his wife but he didn't realise it at the time.

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    The Listening Project conversations collectively form a picture of our lives and relationships today. Recordings were made by BBC producers of people sharing an intimate conversation, lasting up to an hour and on a topic of the speakers' choice.

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