Lilly & Pat Leonard
1953 from Sligo. I had an apprenticeship as a confectioner earning £2 per week. I applied for a job in Ireland through the paper so I had a job before coming over. My fare was paid for by my employer, a Dental Surgeon in Havant Hampshire whose wife was Irish.
It was heart breaking to leave Ireland. I travelled on the Princess Maud from Dun Laoghaire to Holy head. I helped the cabin boy making tea and did not notice the journey. I was glad to be doing something. He offered me money for helping but I refused to take it.
After my first job as Au pair in Hampshire, I found another job as au pair to a Jewish family in Golders Green London.
We moved to Luton in 1962 and I found work immediately at SKEFCO as a final control inspector where I remained for 20 years until I was made redundant. SKEFCO was a lovely factory to work for; all the people were nice. 90% of SKEFCO employees were Irish.
I then worked for the local authority Social Services as a carer for 10 years until I retired.
I used to do 3 jobs at once, my main job, house work for Luton residents and cleaning at Electrolux.
Years ago people had nothing to do, nowhere to go. The Tuesday and Wednesday Club at Luton Irish Forum have provided activities for multicultural elder people of Luton. have been doing voluntary work at the Forum for over 10 years and also visit housebound elders who are alone.
“I like living here, this is my Country “.
1954 travelled on Princess Maud from Dublin to Holyhead.
Worked as a Bus Driver and Instructor for 35 years.
Luton has been very good to us. Living here has been very good.