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Lease-lend Lard

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Margaret Bennison nee Dalton
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Wigan, Lancashire
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26 November 2005

[This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Margaret Jones from Three Counties Action at the Glenn Miller Festival on behalf of Margaret Bennison and has been added to the site with her permission. Mrs.Bennison fully understands the site’s terms and conditions.]

This is the story of my parents, as remembered by me. During the War, my mother and father ran a confectioner’s shop in Wigan “trying to keep the nation fed”. They needed lard for the cakes and scones. The Ministry of Food allocated a quota of foodstuffs including lard and sugar to the food industry. The lard came in crates by sea as part of the lease lend from America. I remember this one time the ship was sunk and the crates were sent to the bottom of the Irish Sea. They were salvaged and the lard was still used in the cakes!

They were also given tinned eggs to use but the eggs were real ones broken in the tins. They smelled really bad but they were still used in the cakes.

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