Elizabeth Eddy


I was born in 2, Cemetery Road, Wheatley Hill on Dec 4th 1934.  The12th child of William & Selina Eddy.

Went to the infants & junior schools, then up to the Secondary Modern School.

From there I started training as a dressmaker in Sunderland, but, soon realized I was going nowhere.  After a few months I passed to go to Sunderland College of art, where I studied Dressmaking & Design, Millinery and General Art.

After gaining City & Guilds Certificates, I was hoping to join the workroom in Binns at Sunderland, but there were no vacancies, so I worked on the fabric dept. until a vacancy came along.  In the mean time I applied for a post at Leeholme Hospital in the workroom.  I stayed there until I was married in 1958. I then decided to continue my dressmaking studies until I achieved my teaching certificate.

After having two girls and waiting until they could cope on their own, the youngest 7yrs.  I started teaching part-time, while teaching I started to work for The Singer Sewing Co. as a Rep.

From there in 1973 I went to work for Durham County Council Social Services Dept. as a Craft Instructor.  After two years I moved to teaching People with learning difficulties which made it possible for me to do a teaching diploma for teaching mentally handicapped adults.  Staying there until I retied at 65yrs.  I am thoroughly enjoying a well earned rest, however I work harder now, but, I can please myself what I do. Activities like gardening, dancing, DIY breaks and holidays.