Betsy’s first job in service in Findochty

Betsy’s first job was in domestic service in Findochty during the late 1930s. Her mother had got the job for her. Life then was very different to now. She remembers there was no sewing or knitting on a Sunday, no playing cards or washing clothes. As a girl she was expected to help in the house unlike her 12 brothers. She wasn’t allowed to go to the cinema until she was older. Later Betsy lived in Cullen. She remembers life at Christmas time. She hung up her stocking at Christmas but her mother wanted her to hang it up at Hogmanay instead. In 1940 she went to Aberdeen to train as a nurse. There was no pay for the first three months. While she was a nurse she met her husband Adam, who was a Captain in the Merchant Navy.

Memory contributed by Betsy Addison, Cullen


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