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DADDY, what did you laugh about in the Great War? The cot­ton car­toons of Sam Fit­ton, is the ti­tle of ● the next Tameside His­tory Club to take place on Wed­nes­day, May 9 at 2pm.

This talk dis­cusses the car­toons of Sam Fit­ton drawn dur­ing 1914 to 1918. Fit­ton’s car­toons were pub­lished in the Cot­ton Fac­tory Times, a weekly news­pa­per pub­lished in Ash­ton and writ­ten for cot­ton op­er­a­tives.

This news­pa­per was sup­ported by trade unions in the cot­ton in­dus­try.

Sam Fit­ton was a well-known dialect writer and car­toon­ist who both wrote and drew for the pa­per dur­ing the Ed­war­dian pe­riod and the War.

The talk by Alan Fowler shows how Fit­ton re­sponded to the War, he 1 2 was pro war, and how his car­toons in­creas­ingly as the War went on con­cen­trated on the is­sue of the cost of liv­ing and food short­ages. His cov­er­age of the home front shows a real un­der­stand­ing of the prob­lems con­fronting work­ing peo­ple. The car­toons he drew about the progress of the War Cook the pasta un­til al dente show far less in­sight and are much more de­riv­a­tive of car­toons in the na­tional press.

To book your free place at the talk call 0161 342 4242 or email archives@ tameside.gov.uk The talk takes place at Tameside Lo­cal Stud­ies and Archive Cen­tre, Old Street, Ash­ton-un­der-Lyne, OL6 7SG. Sear the prawns un­til golden. Add the cour­gette spaghetti. Sea­son and cook till the prawns are pink through and the cour­gette is ten­der 3 Add the pasta, lime and chilli dress­ing, Parmi­giano Reg­giano and dill into the prawns, loos­en­ing with a lit­tle pasta water. Sea­son to taste. Serve with more dill and parme­san

Now, 25% off Waitrose raw ex­tra large king prawns

The next Tameside His­tory Club meet­ing will look at Sam Fit­ton’s car­toons

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