Esther Annenberg: Taking the Mickey

Esther, known as Etty, was born in 1909 in Upton Park in London. Etty went to Venetian Road Special School in Camberwell, London from the age of five, going on to an apprenticeship in dressmaking at Holdren's department store in Peckham. At the time of interview Etty was 104 years old.

Here Etty describes her painful memories of being teased as a child.

  • Esther Annenberg


Mm, no I mean it's a shocking thing when you think of it, people take the mickey out of a kid, and grown ups doing it as well, and I didn't understand meself, never mind about them. You know, it's a horrible thing, and when they started walking like that and I thought 'What are they doing that for?' Mm. But they when they used to say 'Oh look she's messed herself,' oh, I could never understand it. And I asked my mum and that one day, 'cos my dad wouldn't take me out, 'cos my mum said 'If your father took you out and they said it he'd have sloshed them.' I don't understand that, I could never understand why people used to take the mickey out of me. I mean I didn't realise I walked different to them. You don't not when you're a kid do you? Not when you see somebody else walking, you automatically do it.

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