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THE GOOD OLD DAYS

ADDED 19 MARCH 2007

During the winter of 1942-43, I was serving with the A.T.S. in Old Dalby, near Leicester. We worked in a R.O.A.C. depot, and Saturday was our day off.

There were no cooked lunches in the mess, meals consisted of cold raw vegetables, plus a bread pudding made from the weeks left over bread, which had been saved in a tea chest. It was very palatable considering it contained lots of pieces of tin foil with which the chests had been sealed, plus a few small nails to sharpen the appetite.

Tea was served in tall brown enamel jugs, the bottom half still containing some of the previous days vegetable soup. You daren't complain to the duty officer otherwise you would be put on a charge.

One Saturday, a few of us walked to Melton Mowbray, famous for its pork pies. In the cafe we were served with a large portion of pie, a toasted teacake and a cup of tea. For this lovely meal we were charge ten old pennies. On paying we each received a chocolate wafer.

We thanked the owners and set off to walk the seven miles back to our cold Nissen hut. Happy Days!

Annie Sproston
19 March 2007


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