Valerie Brazier was brought up in Nelson Street and lived in Barton and Tredworth until the birth of her second child, when she moved to Longlevens. Before she was born, Valerie’s father ran a shoe shop in Tredworth high street (pictured below) and her mother was a cook who prepared meals for schools all over Gloucestershire. Her husband Cyril, a plumber by trade, was called up to serve in the Dragoon Guards for his National Service by the slimmest of time margins, and often found himself having to fulfil various unusual tasks in order to get home to see her from his base in Germany. Here in this collection of audio clips, Valerie shares with us some of her fondest memories of living in Barton and Tredworth and also how the community has changed over the years.
To view a digital story in which Valerie shares how she met her future husband Cyril, please click here.
Interview conducted by Magdalena Medynska and edited by Tom Charnock