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18) Only two nights off

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Patricia Davies (Nee Cowling)
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The Potteries and Shrewsbury.
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18 August 2005

When we were on night duty we only got two nights off a month. We had to put our names down on a list if we wanted two particular nights off; and if we were on a ward that was a long way away from the dining room, where this list was, we used to have to fly down before anybody else got there. Or perhaps we’d ask a friend who was on a ward nearer to put our names down on the list for us. (That wasn’t allowed really).

It didn’t really seem to matter in those days if you only had two nights off — we just accepted it really.

I used to come home to Shrewsbury — I sued to catch a bus to Newcastle-Under-Lyme, and then from Newcastle-Under-Lyme I could catch the Midland Red- they used to have one waiting for us. It used to cost me three and ninepence to come home which was quite a lot of money out of one pound seven and sixpence a month.

The buses didn’t run very often, and I only used to have an hour or so at home and then I’d go back again. — but it was worth it because I do so love Shrewsbury.

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