Doreen Marks Insights from one of the people who worked at Riverview I was schooled at Muchelney, with my brother Gordon, and when the school closed, my brother went to Langport junior school and I went on to Huish. At school I always liked needlework and sewing so I always dreamed that one day perhaps I could go into making clothes or altering clothes. There were great opportunities in Denner’s in Yeovil at the time but my problem was getting there, because Mum couldn’t drive, and Dad was always busy with the cows and down on Westmoor cutting his willows. It was a difficult time – you didn’t know what you wanted to do. I didn’t really want to go to the glove factory. Heard lots of stories about it – good and bad – but I thought: Well, I’ll give it a try. My auntie and my grandmother and my great-aunt all did gloving at home so I knew what gloving involved; but it was different because that was pique at the time, with leather gloves. When I started I went to Reed’s and got the job and started in April 1965, and a lady called Molly Feadon taught me how to make inseam. I soon picked it up because I did like using the machines and things and I got on really well. Spent hours doing all sorts of different things, and then I started to learn how to do blind topping, on a different machine, which was really good.I used to ride the bicycle to work each day and pick up my mate, Betty Lock as she was……….. she’s Betty White now.I’ve still got my scissors that I used at work – still use them; and my stretchers, still got those. My father, because some of the fabric was quite difficult to turn, he made me some sticks, as he used to grow withies. I’m a bit rusty now but you put them in and push them up, and it used to make life so much easier when the material was thick and you couldn’t use the stretchers. We used to have to shear and turn our gloves and this was done on the lunch break when we used to go home. We went home every day for lunch and you used to turn your work that you did in the morning; and in the evenings, if you didn’t have time at the factory, you used to take it home with you and do it; so I suppose I spent many hours doing that.In 1971 I got married, left the factory to go home and be a home worker, and used to do my gloves there. Very kindly, my mother-in-law, Joan, she used to come and shear and turn for me.My days at the glove factory were lovely ones. We had lots of friends and I really enjoyed it and I would never change it. Doreen Marks, talking about her work in gloving – a short video.