Neil: What we’ve found out is that some of your memories are good, but you’ve got one or two which are not-so-nice memories of the War, haven’t you?
Annie: Aye. The War was on. Masks – we had to have masks on our faces.
Neil: And can you remember doing that when you were a little girl?
Annie: Yeah. We had to do it. The War was on.
Neil: And what was it like breathing with one of them on?
Annie: It was horrible, you couldn’t breathe…Ration book!
Neil: And who used to have the ration book in the house?
Annie: We all had one. I love this ration book. Look!
Neil: Is that bringing back fond memories?
Annie: Yes… castor oil, orange juice and baby powder, Cow & Gate.
Neil: And is that what you used to get on your ration book?
Annie: Aye. Nowt else. That was your rations.
Neil: Can you remember which shop you used to go to with your ration book?
Annie: With these? The clinic.
Neil: The clinic?
Annie: Aye. …The Cullercoats Co-op, it was. You've got an identity card! Never!
Neil: Did you need to have the identity card with your ration book?
Annie: Of course, whey aye!
Neil: So, Annie, what would happen if you went to the shop with your ration book but you forgot your identity card?
Annie: I would go back and get it! (laughs)
Neil: You wouldn’t be able to get any food?
Annie: No (laughs)
Neil: So you’d be in trouble if you lost that identity card?
Annie: Aye, you’d get wrong! Wouldn't you? You’d get into trouble, you would.
Neil: Where did you live during this time?
Annie: I was in Cullercoats.
Neil: In Cullercoats? And can you remember the name of the street?
Annie: 29 Hood Street, Cullercoats. We lived above the shop.
Neil: You lived above the shop?
Neil: And was that with all your sisters and brothers?
Annie: Yes. My Mam had nine children.
Neil: And were you one of the youngest or the oldest, do you know?
Annie: Oldest; I’ve got two brothers and four sisters. I'm probably the oldest, and then there’s Sheila, Christine and Margaret.
Neil: Can you remember what you had for your breakfast?
Annie: Aye, porridge and an egg. I’d sometimes have cheese – cheese and bread. Oh, a bread tin - to cook the bread in, in the oven; flat-cakes and all that. And washing their clothes - that green soap – they’d wash their clothes with green soap and a scrubbing brush and hang their clothes on the line. I remember the old fashioned iron, on the fire, to iron your clothes
Neil: Why did they put the iron on the fire?
Annie: My Mam would iron the clothes on the ironing board. Ah, I remember money! I remember all of them – half crowns, pennies, tuppences, hapennies, three-penny bits, sixpence, shillings! (laughs) You can’t spend that. I wish I could! You can’t spend that on bread, you would get hoyed out! You’d get hoyed out the shop. “Get out!” You can’t spend them!
Neil: And you know when you said you lived in Cullercoats?
Neil: Has Cullercoats changed much?
Annie: It’s changed altogether!
Neil: What was it like, Cullercoats?
Annie: It was alright; in the back lane somebody had a horse – two horses – down the back lane. A big black one and he had a black little pony. We used to feed them.
Neil: And were there any shops in Cullercoats that are there now?
Annie: No, they’ve all gone I think.
Neil: Can you think of any of the shops that were there, in Cullercoats, during the War?
Annie: Ah, there was a butcher’s, the baker next to me and the fruit shop was next to me. I remember the Co-op.
Neil: And were there any pubs in Cullercoats then?
Annie: There was one called Redburn - a lot of pubs down there. It's been a long time. I've finished!