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Memories of Food

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Dr Thomas Smith
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Lake Dirstrict, Workington (on coast of Lake District)
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23 June 2005

I was a small boy when the war started, the thing I remember most was food, as we lived with rationing- so we had dried eggs, very little fruit. I didnt see a bananna till I was 9. School dinners, that children wouldnt even look at today! Very basic, no choice, take it or leave it.
I lived on the edge of the Lake District, where we didnt see a lot of bombing. I remember listening to Lord Haw Haw on the radio, he was a trator who used to broadcast German propaganda to make us feel bad and was exicuted at the end of the war. I remember all the cinema programmes with news broadcasts as there was no tv.
I remember at the end of the war all the children got a letter and a shilling from the King. I spent mine immediatly on ice-cream.
The last thing I remember was Montgomary coming to carlisle standing on the balcony of the Crown and miter hotel and being cheered by a grateful crowd.

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