Archive centreWhitehaven
TitleNorman Blakeney, oral history interview
DescriptionProject file, including compact disc of recording, full typescript transcript, typescript summary of interview, clearance note.
Interview covers family life, schools and education; apprenticeship with TS Bell in Whitehaven; joining armed forces; postings and duties during second world war; driving for Cumberland Motor Services and Blue Circle at Marchon; driving constructor buses at Sellafield moving construction staff around site; site clearance at Sellafield; driving a skip wagon, canteen van and instrument van on Sellafield; chauffeur driving on Sellafield; getting pilot’s licence; 1957 fire and driving workers off site; precautions in active areas; line management; housing shortage.
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ContextBorn in Whitehaven. Worked for Cumberland Motor Services, then enlisted in Border Regiment and fought in WWII. Worked as a bus, van & wagon driver on and off Sellafield site. Held private pilot licence and flew light aircraft as hobby.
Catalogue levelFile
Subject termsOral history



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