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Doddo Sheppard was born in 1926 and takes us on a trip through his life, from his earliest memory – how he got his nickname – through his schooldays and the various jobs he did.
Doddo describes his time spent at Hickling School but also tells of playing truant, often spending his days at the Dipping Place.
His early working life saw him catching mackerel and herring whilst working on boats up and down the east coast of Britain. On shore he worked cutting reed and sugar beet before driving a dustcart for the council.
Married for 49 years, Doddo talks fondly of his wife and describes how he cared for her in the last weeks of her life. Although they never had children, they did look after his niece for long periods of her childhood and she and Doddo still remain close.