BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page was last updated in February 2012We've left it here for reference.More information

21 April 2014
Accessibility help
Text only
WW2 - People's War

BBC Homepage
BBC History
WW2 People's War Homepage Archive List Timeline About This Site Print this page 

Contact Us

Like this page?
Send it to a friend!


Lizzie and the doughnuts!!

by Iain C. Macpherson

Contributed by 
Iain C. Macpherson
People in story: 
Iain C.Macpherson
Location of story: 
Nairn, Scotland
Article ID: 
Contributed on: 
19 December 2003

Towards the end of the war some troops that were billeted in what had been a first class hotel decided by way of a PR exercise to invite the locals into the hotel to show that it had not been damaged too much during their occupancy.

Lizzie was straight as a die. She had lived a faultless life caring for her husband and son and never craved for riches.

As we were living in the north of Scotland we had an easy war. Food rationing being the hardest burden to bear.As the family all had sweet tooths sugar was the commodity that hurt the family most - being always in short supply.
Cheese rations were sometimes exchanged for sugar.

On the day of the 'AT HOME'in the hotel the final event for the visitors was to be taken up to the main dining room for tea and doughnuts.
The tea was served with evaporated milk prior to a huge ashet of freshly made doughnuts being placed on each table. The doughnuts were quickly demolished and on each table was left an ashet with greasproof paper and about a pound of sugar. This was too much for Lizzie to bear. So after most of the guests had left she went round the tables and carefully folding up the greasproof paper with the sugar deposited them into her handbag. Her argument being that the sugar would have been thrown away. This is the only time that I can recall Lizzie straying from the straight and narrow. I should know because Lizzie was my mother.

© Copyright of content contributed to this Archive rests with the author. Find out how you can use this.

Archive List

This story has been placed in the following categories.

Rationing Category
North East Scotland Category
icon for Story with photoStory with photo

Most of the content on this site is created by our users, who are members of the public. The views expressed are theirs and unless specifically stated are not those of the BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of any external sites referenced. In the event that you consider anything on this page to be in breach of the site's House Rules, please click here. For any other comments, please Contact Us.

About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy