How dif­fer­ent life was back in the day

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I have been read­ing the Septem­ber is­sue and saw, in Dis­cov­ery Days, Lak­en­ham Speaks.

I was born in Lak­en­ham 85 years ago. I was both chris­tened and mar­ried at Old Lak­en­ham Church. I also went to the 13th Nor­wich Girl Guides.

In April, 1947, our pa­trol won a com­pe­ti­tion and re­ceived a book called ‘Be Pre­pared’.

I still have that book and I won­dered if there was still a Lak­en­ham guides who would be in­ter­ested in put­ting it in their archives. It even tells you how to wash up!

We won the com­pe­ti­tion for col­lect­ing the most jam jars. We sold them to Snellings fish shop on Hall Road. You could buy a jar of cock­les for six­pence each!

I read in a na­tional news­pa­per re­cently that you could make a stew us­ing bones.

What a laugh. Dur­ing the war, every Wed­nes­day it was my job to bike to Al­fies Butch­ers to get three pen­ny­worth of mar­row bones.

Al­fies Butch­ers was on the cor­ner of Hall Road and South­well Road, op­po­site the Air Raid Post.

My dad would make a lovely stew for the fam­ily of six. He grew all his veg­eta­bles on his al­lot­ment. How dif­fer­ent life is to­day.

Mrs FLOSSIE MILLS Winch­ester

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