Marjorie was born in Bridge Road, Welwyn Garden City in 1932. She recorded her early memories of the town for the Welwyn Garden Heritage Trust on 29th July 2009.
As a young child “there was no hot water, no baths. You had a bath in an old tin bath” and “we used to have a big old fashioned copper – you put wood in the bottom and boil the clothes up – in the corner of the kitchen.” She went to Parkway School remembering the journey to school “we had to walk every day. Long way for a little ‘un.”
Leaving Parkway at the age of eleven she then went to Handside School. “It was a bit scruffy – toilets outside and everything else in the yard. No indoor toilets or wash-basins or anything” but the “teachers were all right – my teacher lives over the road – Mr Cane. He’s nearly 100.”
When she left school Marjorie went straight into office work at Lincoln Electrics for a couple of months before going to work at the Welwyn Department Stores. “I worked on several counters. I didn’t like it very much. That was an experience I tell you being on counters in those days though. What with all the shortages and everything, people queuing up – it was terrible.” With the rationing that was going on “the worse thing was people queuing up for cigarettes. I had a funny old lady who was my manager and she used to hide the cigarettes but the men seemed to know when they were coming and they went from the – I think it’s a leather shop now – right the way round to the post office. The queues! They were so desperate they went to the back of the queue and started again!”