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Wakefield Libraries & Information Services
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Anonymous
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Wakefield
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A5131676
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17 August 2005

This story was submitted to the People's War site by Christine Wadsworth of Wakefield Libraries and Information Services on behalf of an anonymous contributor and has been added with his/her permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

Every so often Mother gave me a coupon and sixpence (2½ pence) and we were allowed to buy chocolate from the sweet shop. Sometimes I asked if I could have a coupon and sixpence to get chocolate and I was told no, then later on I would get a coupon and sixpence! I could never understand why and then I recently read that ration books and coupons were for three weeks out of four allocated to something else, then the fourth week we got our chocolate.

We had to queue for fruit, but we never knew what we’d get. Sometimes we got oranges or bananas, but not very often. The shop had a cellar with a trapdoor and the shopkeeper kept the bananas down there.

Next to the Playhouse was a cinema then a veg shop. We got slab cake from the British Home Stores.

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