I need a woman, in her 80s, who sounds half Cockney & half like the Queen. Can you help?

veranow_2871536dI need a woman. A specific kind of woman, probably in her Eighties or even Nineties, born and raised in the East End of London, brought up in wartime or just after, listening to the wireless every day. She’ll have a particular kind of accent, one that belongs to that generation who were in that place – so she’ll sound half like a Cockney and half like the Queen Mum. Vera Lynn has it, Dot Cotton has it, do you know anyone else?

If you do, or a place where I might meet such a person, or if you can introduce us, I would very much like to meet her and perhaps interview her for a radio programme I am making. If she still lives in the East End, that would be tremendous – but it’s not essential. And although I have focussed on a woman, and a woman is my chief need, a man would also be welcome. Can you help? If so, please message me or email colemoreton@gmail.com. Thank you.

5 thoughts on “I need a woman, in her 80s, who sounds half Cockney & half like the Queen. Can you help?

  1. Heard your programme on Radio 4 yesterday too late to offer a recording of my mother (now deceased 2004) talking about her wedding dress. Her name was Esther and she was born in Stepney in 1909. Although she moved out to Croydon during the war, when she was married, she never lost her Cockney accent, definitely born within the sound of the Bow Bells. We used to say she had two voices, one for the telephone and one for us.
    Your programme bought back memories for myself (born in Croydon in 1947), I enjoyed listening to it. many thanks

  2. I listened to the program on the Seriously podcast. Every summer my sisters and I would go from Somerset to Essex to see my late Nan. She was originally from Bethnal Green, and sounded just as you describe – wonderful, and warm. She wanted ‘better’ for her children so my mother, born 1935, was sent for elocution lessons and doesn’t have the same accent.

  3. I managed to get around to your programme yesterday after I was put onto it by my parents. My dad was born in Stepney, his mum, Nan, grew up in Bethnal Green. Dagnall Place, if I recall. She died in 2015 aged 101, and listening to Beryl was like listening to Nan. She, like Beryl, described things as ‘nice’, and enunciated her ‘t’s in the middle and end of words. The doppelglott wasn’t in her. Like you, I wish I had a recording of her voice. Stories a plenty I do have. Channel 4 runs a programme, 24 hours in A&E, and the elderly patients filmed remind me often of this accent. Many thanks for your programme. At least we have that to help preserve that dying dialect.

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