Olga Marchetti and Riccardo Cardosi. Olga was born in Glasgow to Italian parents and worked in the family’s fish and chip shop as a teenager. She prepared the fish, scrubbed the floors and served behind the counter. Olga then got a job with a make-up company aged 18. The family’s shop was closed during the war and the windows were smashed as part of the anti-Italian war feeling. After the war an Italian club was opened for the community to socialise.
Olga says “You could go there to have a wee dance and your father came with you! The men would play cards, have a wee glass of something and something to eat. It was lovely. I enjoyed it, loved it.”
Riccardo works in the family-owned Allan’s Snack Bar in Paisley, where they both are photographed.