Layton, Peter (3 of 22) National Life Stories Collection: Crafts Lives

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    2014-11-24, 2014-12-18, 2015-01-07, 2015-01-13, 2015-01-19, 2015-03-02, 2015-03-09, 2015-03-16, 2015-04-13

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    Interviewee’s home in Worcester Park and studio in London

  • Interviewees

    Layton, Peter, 1937- (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Cornford, Frances (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 3: [Session two: 18 December 2014] Follow up from last interview; comments on acting; acting in plays at Civic Theatre, Bradford, mentions Peter Dews. [05:34] PL’s experience of being circumcised as a teenager; PL’s barmitzvah; PL enjoying attention; remarks on sibling rivalry. [13:04] Experience of living with another family; PL community orientated; family eating arrangements; PL and GL sleeping in attic and PL telling GL stories. [21:35] PL left to own devices; comments on mother’s work. Remarks on Jewish community in Bradford. PL’s awareness that his family not well off. [30:40] Comments on girlfriends; meeting girls at Habonim summer camp; children coming to Habonim camps from all over country; anecdote about getting caught in gale in Whitby; PL going to camps for a month; anecdote about Scottish rambling camp, sister being involved in car accident and PL killing an adder. [45:04] PL resitting O levels. Self-portrait on leaving school; PL listening to music, going to dancing classes; clothes worn; PL proud of Gannex mac. [52:37] PL’s interest in Zionism; history and politics taught at Habonim. PL as interested in community and told about kibbutzes. [01:00:35] PL’s ambitions; parents’ ambitions for PL. PL’s best friend David Johnson (DJ) going to university but never occurred to PL as an option. Remarks on DJ’s career. Comments on other contemporaries. [01:07:05] PL working at job in Batley for 12-18 months before called up to RAF; PL one of last intakes into National Service. PL given a retainer while on National Service for 2 years. Comments on basic training; PL failing medical for air crew on eye sight and not getting a commission; PL having been in air cadets.

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