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Fred Bowden interview: Early years



I was born in Swansea in 1920. My father was a dock labourer. I went to school in Dan-y-Graig Elementary School from the age of 5 to 13. We moved down to the country round Gower, Gower Peninsula when I was 13. I went to a country school till I was 14. The standard in that country school was lower than the town school so I could do little during that last year, so I spent my time helping out with the art aspect of that school. Such as I could do. The school inspector came round and suggested that art might be a future career for me but the headmaster put it to him that the family circumstances precluded that road. In the event I left school and I became a farm labourer for one year.