Austerity Christmas
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Britain's original 'Austerity' Christmas

Archive footage shows how British people experienced the run up to Christmas in 1947, one of the toughest of the post-War 'Austerity' years.

Bread became rationed, joining other staple items like meat, butter and potatoes, and queues in shops were common.

Sterling was also experiencing a currency crisis, resulting from the UK's post-War debt to America.

It was a difficult year for Clement Attlee's Labour government, and in particular his Chancellor Stafford Cripps.

Clips courtesy of British Pathe

  • 26 Dec 2010
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