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dc.creatorJanis Macdonald
dc.date07/03/2019
dc.date.accessioned2021-09-20T12:53:48Z
dc.date.available2021-09-20T12:53:48Z
dc.identifierEL11/9/1/1
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12734/53628
dc.descriptionIn this interview, Allan Pratt, who was born in Glasgow and moved to Haddington when he was a young schoolboy, talks about his life in East Lothian, especially his career as a musician. Allan's father came to Haddington to work and the family sold their home in the west end of Glasgow and moved into Artillery Park. He recalls being quite happy about the move and he settled easily into school. The only thing he recalls is the different way of speaking and unusual words, particularly associated with the Nungate area of town. He talks about his schooldays and his time in the Boys Brigade, before moving on to talk about the role of music, particularly drumming, in his life. He was playing in bands while still at school, and recalls especially his time with Nick and the Sinners. At that time, dance bands were in high demand and he played all over East Lothian and the Borders at various venues. He recalls how the scene changed when The Beatles came on the scene. He talks about the music they played how what they wore changed over time. He remembers the Beatles style jacket, with high buttoned collar, was particularly difficult to play the drums in. He talks about how busy Dunbar was in those days, when it was a popular destination for holidaymakers. Towards the end of the interview, he recalls early jobs as a newspaper boy, and fruitpicking at the Dovecot. He also remembers his youthful times spent at the Central or Mocha cafes, and of going to the cinema. As a child, his parents would have a Sunday outing to Gifford and this is described in detail. Beyond his musical career, which took him to London and touring to Europe, Allan returned to Haddington where he married and set up a music shop. Although his children haven't followed him into the music business, he notes that they are both artistic: his daughter in the field of interior design and his son as a CGI expert in the film industry.
dc.format.extent52m13s
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subjectchildhood
dc.subjectschooldays
dc.subjectlanguage
dc.subjectplay
dc.subjectmusic
dc.subjectleisure
dc.subjectdancing
dc.subjectholidays
dc.subjectworking life
dc.subjectclothing
dc.subjectJimmy Bain (musician, statue in Dunbar)
dc.subjectThe Beatles
dc.subjectNick and the Sinners
dc.subjectSamson's (newsagent)
dc.subjectHaddington
dc.subjectDunbar
dc.subjectNorth Berwick
dc.subjectGifford
dc.subjectHaggerston Castle
dc.titleEL11-9 Allan Pratt and Susan Pratt
dc.typeAudio
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dc.typePhotograph


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