Alan Gunn was born in January 1940. Alan went to live in Calderstones in September 1955 when he was 15 years old. He left in February 1974 and went to live in Lisieux Hall, Chorley.
John Thompson was born in April 1942. John went to live in Calderstones in November 1966 when he was 24 years old. He left in March 1971 and went to live in Lisieux Hall, Chorley.
Here John and Alan share memories of being in the shows at Calderstones.
And one of things you talked about last time, you talked about the music and the shows –
John and Alan: Oh yeah!!
Alan: He got me on the stage!
John: I went on the stage first. Then I got Alan. I said to Alan, You want to go on a show. Oh, he said, Yes. I said, Come on Alan get on it.
What do you remember about going on the show Alan?
Alan: Mr. Fell he’s done the Christmas Show.
John: That like a long time ago when me and you was there… I think that hall is still up in Calderstones… And I think they still do it in Calderstones for a show, don’t it?
Alan: I think so John…
John: I remember in the hall.
Alan: Where the big kitchen is.
John: Yeah the hall next to the kitchen.
Alan: Big kitchen, yeah.
John: Then me and you went on the stage. And I was dressed up as a woman. Right. What were you when you dressed up?
Alan: I think like Black and White Minstrels.
John: I do something like singing on the microphone. Singing on a microphone. I had a good voice then. (Laughing in background)
What you laughing at?!… Yeah me and Alan went on the show, do a Christmas show. Me and you singing something else…
Alan:… The girls first then the lads after at the back.
John: Yeah. I was dressed up as a woman… And Alan and I had a good laugh as well. Did you?