Keith Summers English Folk Music Collection
George Ling interview, part 05
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English folk songs and music (Suffolk); Interview
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Keith Summers Collection
Croydon, London, England, UK
Ling, George (speaker, male)
Summers, Keith (speaker, male interviewer)
Part 5 - Stone picking. Left school at twelve and a half. Shilling a day, his tasks on the farm. Meant to go up to two shillings when he got to fourteen, but the farmer (Farmer Towler) refused and wanted to get a permit that would have meant his working at the lower rate until he was eighteen because of his size. He belonged to the Agricultural Union so he saw them and they took the farmer to the County Court at Exeter. He won the case so the farmer gave him a weeks notice. Got four pounds fifteen, a lot of money in those days. Got a job brick laying at Leiston works [Recording stops, probably end of tape].
Interviewee notes: Of the Ling family of Blaxhall, Suffolk