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In my day

We quiz Carol Moore on the time of her life

Q. What was your favourite decade?

A. For me it was the 1960s.

Q. What was life like back then?

A. I was a child so it was an age of innocence. There was a sense of community in Belfast back then so neighbours in need were supported by everyone else. The civil rights movement was emerging and there was a lot of slum clearance. That's when the high-rise flats started appearing in Belfast and the M1 was built.

Q. What were you listening to?

A. I listened to whatever my elder sisters were listening to. The top 10 – The Beatles, Petula Clarke, Gene Pitney, Freddie And The Dreamers, The Bachelors, Sandie Shaw and Roy Orbison.

Q. And the style? What was that like?

A. It was a typical 60s style; mini skirts, bell-bottom jeans, paisley prints and patterns, white go-go boots, chiffon blouses and polo necks.

Q. What has changed since then?

A. The Troubles are over and the communities have broken down. Now we're leaning towards individualism, consumerism and a throwaway society.

Q. What was better back then?

A. A real sense of hope coming out of the post-war years. Young people were involved in peace movements and there was a new generation of an educated working class.

  • Carol Moore plays Lily Matthews in Pentecost at the Lyric Theatre Sept 20 to Oct 18 on the Danske Bank Stage www.lyrictheatre.co.uk or Tel: 028 9038 1081

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