“Well in Jamaica, in those days we used to get the newspaper, and it, and the newspaper it always says, 'The mother country needs you.' And the mother country was England. And they invite us over, to come and help England.”

Lourene came to Bolton in the early 1960’s and began work as a seamstress at Burton’s factory, where she worked until its closure in the early 1980’s.

She shares tales of life on the factory floor – the intricate details of the production line, friendships between women from all around the world, trips out and annual social events for the workers – including one story involving an unexpected stripper!

Lourene was also actively involved in the West Indian Association and shares important local history about its role in the community.

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