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Working mothers.

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Much like the old man thread what did/does your mother do for a living?
My old dear was Spanish and she spoke English like a french cow and worked as a machinist on canvey and then worked at matchbox in Rochford
 

MK Shrimper

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She had the hardest job in the world - mother and wife, and a bloody good wife she was too (putting up with my old man) and continues to be a great mum, grandma and great-grandma.
 
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Formerly a nurse in an old people's home (Christmas wasn't fun when I was younger - bloody Christmas Eve night shift), now a TA with specialisms in learning disabled kids.
 

Pubey

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Nurse throughout her career, but also moonlighted in a few other jobs - foster parent (not really a job), childminder, pharmacy dispenser, and most recently a land train driver at the Dunedin botanical gardens, NZ.
 

Firestorm

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Like many of her era my mum had to give up work when she got married, but before that she was a dressmaker for Liberty's

Then just as she was considering going back out to work when my brother and I were old enough, (about 10) she fell pregnant with my Sister.
After that She did a stint of hand making clothes for various London shops from Home.

She is now 82 and has just stopped knitting baby hats and boots for Norwich Hospital because her arthritis was playing up...
 

MK Shrimper

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My old mum worked for short time in a launderette before she was married.
 

Ricey

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Worked in the nursing trade all of her career from district nursing to now being in charge of all the nurses at her current practice.
 

Tangled up in Blue

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Lots of different things.Including working at Ecko Plastics during the war.She owned Gifto's, a shop at the top of Hamlet Court Road,now Oxfam,for a few years after my father died.Served in a chippies,worked as a barmaid at The Castle in Benfleet.Finally worked as the manageress of a joint staff/patients canteen at Runwell Hospital, until she was no longer well enough to continue working.
 

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My mum was a house wife and mother for the entirety of my time living with my parents. I cant remember her ever doing a paid job whilst I was a kid, but in terms of skills she was an expert in cooking, house keeping, child psychology, nursing and probably stuff I never even though about. That's what happens when you take your mum for granted, you miss stuff they are good at.
 
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My Mum was born in Bombay India(I could have played football/cricket for England/India except I was crap at both.) She married my Dad who was from Suffolk in 1942 at the Methodist Church in Great Wakering. I have an older brother and we were squatters in the old Army camp that use to be at the top of Alexander Road in Great Wakering. After my brother became very ill in the early 50's we were rehoused in Canterbury Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. While my Dad worked on Foulness/Shoebury in the Ammunition department by day, my Mum worked in the evening at the Old Plaza Cinema in Southchuch Road as an usherette, this she did for many years before joining my Dad in the Fragmentation of Ammunition at A.W.R.E. in Shoebury, soon after we had moved back to New Road, Great Wakering just prior to the floods in 1953. After moving to Little Wakering Road in 1955, Mum spent her last few years working on the School Coaches taking kids from Wakering to King Edmund School in Rochford. She sadly died in 2010 just 9 days after I had retired from being a Postman. R.I.P. MUM. "Gone but never forgotten".
 
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My Mum was born in Bombay India(I could have played football/cricket for England/India except I was crap at both.) She married my Dad who was from Suffolk in 1942 at the Methodist Church in Great Wakering. I have an older brother and we were squatters in the old Army camp that use to be at the top of Alexander Road in Great Wakering. After my brother became very ill in the early 50's we were rehoused in Canterbury Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. While my Dad worked on Foulness/Shoebury in the Ammunition department by day, my Mum worked in the evening at the Old Plaza Cinema in Southchuch Road as an usherette, this she did for many years before joining my Dad in the Fragmentation of Ammunition at A.W.R.E. in Shoebury, soon after we had moved back to New Road, Great Wakering just prior to the floods in 1953. After moving to Little Wakering Road in 1955, Mum spent her last few years working on the School Coaches taking kids from Wakering to King Edmund School in Rochford. She sadly died in 2010 just 9 days after I had retired from being a Postman. R.I.P. MUM. "Gone but never forgotten".

As was my mother-in-law did your mum speak with a bit of an Indian accent like my m-i-l does,but she did move back here aged 21.
 
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As was my mother-in-law did your mum speak with a bit of an Indian accent like my m-i-l does,but she did move back here aged 21.
NO! My Mum came to this country in 1931 at the age of 7 or 8 (her father was in the Army) She spoke like an "Essex Girl" having spent most of her life between CanterburyAvenue off Hamstel Road, Southchurch and New Road, Great Wakering which is probally no more than 6 miles?.
 

madaboutblues

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My mum brought up me and my two brothers as a single mum after my dad left her just after my brother was born. I was 2 and my older brother was 4.
As already mentioned in the old man thread, my grandparents were very close to us and they took on a lot of the parenting which allowed my mum to go to college and train as a teacher. She loved teaching and was headmistress at a primary school in Luton when she died of cancer in 1993 aged 53. She was the most inspiring person I've ever known and I still miss her terribly.
 

OldBlueLady

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My mum's first job was at Midland Bank, Aldgate branch - the very same branch which was my final London posting for the same bank some 30 years or so later! She didn't stay there long and went to work in an insurance company based opposite where the Cliffs Pavilion was built for some years.

Married at 22, I was born 3 years later, and, because money was tight, mum went back to work when I was 6 months old. She gave up working after my sister was born, and went back to working in a factory in Progress Road when we were both in Juniors at Edwards Hall - it was convenient and she was allowed holidays off.

She gave up work for a while when dad was doing well, when I was about 12 or so, for about 7 or 8 years, then my dad set up his own business and she did part time book keeping. After that failed she went to work at Friths and then Jegs as a book keeper.

Now, aged 78, she does voluntary driving for Castle Point Car Scheme, as does my dad, which they've done for about the last 15 years - she's amazing, both my parents are!
 

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i actually remember going to work with my mum --bless her soul. For those of you that remember. My mum used to work down at the Kursal on the Caterpillar ride and I used to have to sit in the cashier box with her (although her job did have some perks I got free rides).
She then went and worked at the Palace Bingo on Pier Hill long before the Mecca Bingo was up and running and again I used to go to work with her.
Later on she became self employed and was a very successful clairvoyant and gave clairvoyant and spiritual readings and had a good steady stream of enquires.
Sadly she died at 65years which is a young age in my view
 

callan

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Mum taught at various schools, before becoming head of an infants school in Southend.
 
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