Hospital girls' hunt for lift ends in hearse ride
READING the recent articles about the music scene in Derby in the 1960s brought back a few memories.
I came to Derby City Hospital in 1960 as a staff midwife with a friend who was doing midwifery training.
A big group of us used to go into Derby on a Saturday night to go to the dances. We often went to the Assembly Rooms and sometimes to the Trocadero.
The big disadvantage was there were no buses late at night back to the hospital. It was a bit of a joke among us to pat the pockets of our dance partners to see who had car keys so we could all get a lift back.
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One night, one girl said: "I've got one with a Rolls-Royce!" Consequently, a crowd of us hid round the corner while our colleague came out with this young man. We all followed behind them until they got to the car. It was certainly big and probably was a Rolls but it was a hearse!
Most of us sat on the coffin runners on the way back to the nurses' home. Happy days! Derby was such a friendly place in those days and there never seemed to be any trouble.