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Sotonian attitudes to seafarers (MP3)

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Unique ID:19420
Description:A resident talks about Southampton people`s attitude towards seafarers in the town.
Copyright:Southampton City Council
Partner:SCC Oral History Unit
Partner ID:M0130


This city lived on Merchant Navy, but they crucified them with their attitude. They were glad enough for us to bring in the stuff and the money but they weren’t glad to have us. But there was never the trouble then ... what you've got now with these stupid students.

Question: What about when the Americans were in town?

They were alright. They made the tarts from all around used to come around. Best of luck to them - earning a few bob. They kept the Yanks happy. They were never a hassle.

Question: Was there a lot of visible prostitution then?

Oh yes. I mean it has always been here. Well it was a better prostitution then that what it was now, 'cos now its all run by pimps. Then it was the girls working on their own and they were ... a bit ... you know ... a bit discreet about everything.


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