In the early 1970s, shortly after doing the Leaving Cert, a group of us headed off to work at Smedley’s canning factory in Spalding, Lincolnshire, in the heart of what is called ‘Little Holland’.
The flat fields of peas and runner beans spread for miles, punctuated only by the numerous long-abandoned airfields from which wartime bombers had headed across the North Sea to Germany.
Every Saturday night, we students beat a...
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