On rationing:

  • We got home on Christmas Eve. All the shops were shut and we had to wait until they re-opened to go and register with the grocers and butchers.
  • We came back off honeymoon with about £9 between us, and we bought all our food, a set of saucepans, a bit of slab cake, and a very tough chicken. We had a lovely Christmas.

On bonfire nights:

  • We had some lovely bonfire night parties, where the whole street went to the end of the road, which was called the ‘dump’ – just where a bit of field had been fenced off. John Attall brought a big tureen of tomato soup; someone else brought some home-made beer which was very potent. Others brought toffee apples. We had lovely parties.

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