Had you already retired when this happened?
Well, I wasn’t doing a lot, let me put it this way. I mean I couldn’t carry any amplifiers about because of my hip. I was a musician and I couldn’t really, that was it for about twelve months or two years, I couldn’t walk properly so there was no point in me trying to do it. I mean I used to sing in a pub or something like that, playing the piano or whatever after I left the band I was with, and that was that. I had to give it up really. That was it.
So how have you managed for money?
Well, I’ve been on invalidity money, you know what I mean, tell you the truth, it’s been hard but I mean I get the top rate but I mean that’s finished now. And I had a quote, only a quote, I know, but I mean I did find out, you can ask the pensions people how much you’re going to get, and it’s £69 a week. That’s a lot of drop from what I was getting, so they’re going to make it up with pension credits or summat and something else and so I’m hoping I can manage.
So you were on one of the benefits and that’s actually stopped?
Yeah, it stops when you’re 65.
Ah, right. So it hasn’t quite stopped yet?
No, no. I’ve got a couple of months. But other than that I shall be back to poverty I suppose. You know, I’ve got a couple of pounds here and not a lot, nothing to shout and bawl about. But that’s only going to last about four or five months and that’ll be gone, you know what I mean.
So, I mean is…
But I mean it’s obvious that as soon as I can get fit and all that I shall go back on the piano. I mean I haven’t played for such a long time and it’s going to take me a good six months to get back into it. But I haven’t got a piano at home now so I’ve got to find out where I can go and get practice and, as you know, practice makes perfect. And I’m a virgo and I do like to do things right when I do things. So it won’t take me long to get back in. I mean it’s like riding a bike isn’t it? And I was very fast playing the piano so it’ll take me six months, seven months, get back into it and then we’ll start with a new hip and a right frame of mind.
I hope it works out that way anyway.
Yes, so do I. So will you be going back to work purely for the money or because you want to?
Oh yes, I mean I have to, you know what I mean, I have to. I don’t think I can manage because I do like a dram. I mean there’s nothing worse than walking in a pub, have one pint and then have to walk back out again because you can’t afford it. And I’ve never done that in my life, but I mean you have to watch your pennies. And mum’s, you know, I mean I don’t know how long I’ve got mum for. I live in a council house so I mean obviously, it’s a three bedroom house and they ain’t going to let me stay there. They’ll have to chuck me out and give me a small flat somewhere, I don’t know, or whatever. It’s got to, I mean if I can’t walk properly then it’s got to be on the basement. I’d like to get somewhere like a, with the warden there, or something like that. I’ll have to, you know, it’ll have to be somewhere like that. But it’s all worry you don’t think about but you have to plan things for t