Betty and Teresa
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Born in Nenagh, Ireland, Teresa moved to Leeds when she was 17 years old. It was not her decision, but she admits that it was the best decision.

Born in Nenagh, Ireland, Teresa moved to Leeds when she was 17 years old. It was not her decision, but she admits that it was the best decision. When she told her Aunt, the headmistress at Saint Augustine’s School, that she wanted to work with children, her aunt made the decision and got the forms for Teresa to train as a nurse at Seacroft Hospital in Leeds. Her and two friends left Ireland in 1961 and Teresa has been in Leeds ever since.

Teresa is on the left of this photo, dancing with Betty Parle at the Irish Centre Tuesday Group.

Teresa and Betty Parle actually live next door to one another and come to the Irish Centre Tuesday Club together.

Teresa nursed for 42years and worked in every hospital throughout Leeds and ended her career at Jimmy’s (Saint James University) Hospital. Out of all the hospitals that Teresa worked in, she enjoyed her four years at Jimmy’s most. “Jimmy’s felt like home, it had a nice atmosphere.” However, at Leeds General Infirmary, she and some of her friend’s did not feel quite so at ease. “It felt very pressured, but you couldn’t put your finger on what the pressure was.”

Teresa moved to Beeston in 1970. She moved to a terraced house in Parkfield Place off Beeston Road. “The terrace was fine at the time, it served its purpose. The cellar was very useful; we used that as a laundry room.”

Cross Flatts Park was a lovely place for families and children. There were lots of families that used to use the park for picnics, playing on the bowling green and playground. It’s not used as much now.

She’s not so keen on all the fast-food shops that have sprung up. She prefers the corner shops that were very friendly and welcoming. The butcher, baker and greengrocer all used to know her, and the other families in the area, by name.

Teresa moved up to Heath Road by Elland Road Stadium. It is near where the old greyhound stadium used to be, which has now been turned into a car park for the football ground. Her and her family used to go down to the dogs until it closed in the late 70s/early 80s.