Ethel was born on 7th September 1929. On her 11th birthday, the Alleyne family were bombed out of their home in Charles Street, Silvertown, and they spent the next couple of years in a rural village in Wales. On their return, the family moved to Oriental Road, where Ethel met the boy she would later marry, Archie Colquhoun. When she left school at fourteen in 1944 she began work at Tate & Lyle as a sugar-packer on the Hesser Floor. Determined to work her way to the top and fulfil her dream of becoming a supervisor, Ethel worked hard and strived for promotion – but the road to success proved a rockier one than she had expected.
Listen to Ethel talking about getting her Tate & Lyle uniform and being promoted: