Adrienne was born in Tynemouth in 1947. Adrienne is second generation English on her father's side and 3rd generation English on her mother's. She did her degree in Leeds, trained as a teacher and then taught in Liverpool before returning to Newcastle. She was Headteacher of the Jewish Day School, later called the King David School, in Jesmond and then in Gosforth for twelve years. She played a key role in running Maccabi for over 30 years.
Adrienne was interviewed by Anita Wan on 16 June 2006. The interview took place in the participant's home and lasted for 44 minutes.
My Mum was from Whitley Bay originally. Well actually she was born in London but when she was in her teens and early twenties, she lived in Whitley Bay before she was married. And her parents still lived there, so when I was born, they decided to go back there.
Through the war she was involved with army welfare. When she married my dad in '45', he came home on leave and said We're getting married. They met when she was 17 at what was the old Blue and White Ball which was to raise funds for what was then Palestine. And they married in 1945.They came home the September and said Right, we'll get married within the next three weeks, well, you know, or we're going to Gretna Green. So they managed to arrange a wedding very, very quickly and my mum then, a couple of months later, went out to join him in Italy, still with army welfare. Actually at one stage, she outranked him.
My parents, when they came out of the army, they were both in the army. When they came back from the army, they moved into Kenton, on the other side of the road from here, the Fellside in Kenton and took me back there. My mum came home in the January of 1947 when she was pregnant with me and my dad came home a few months later. Because they were in Italy at that stage with the army.
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