Deidre Wrafter (nee Poutch) came from Dublin and came to Leicester with her, then, boyfriend Bobby in 1955. Bobby had been working for the Post Office in Dublin and Deidre was working too. So although they both had jobs they were young and wanted to come over anyway. Bobby knew someone who’d already come here as there was plenty of work in Leicester.
They first lived in Laurel Rd, then 37 Severn St and then 66 Haddon St. This was their first mortgage and Deidre’s mother gave them the £50 deposit for the house which cost them £900 to buy. They paid £7 a month mortgage and £7 per half year rates. Deidre remembers that the solicitors were Stewart, Parish and Freeman and they paid the solicitor fees off monthly. Deidre’s brothers came over in the 1960s to live with her when her parents died.
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