...always a roast on a Sunday

Members of the Friends of Coldean reminisce

By Lu Pearson

Photo: Illustrative image for the '...always a roast on a Sunday' page

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo: Illustrative image for the '...always a roast on a Sunday' page

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Photo: Illustrative image for the '...always a roast on a Sunday' page

Photo from WRVS Heritage Plus Archive

Members Peggy.C and Gladys recall their childhood memories about food.
Peggy.C

'I was up the Thames Estuary during the war, and they said, "We'll get cook to make banana custard", and I said 'don't be daft, where will you get bananas from!' So they made the custard, and they boiled up parsnips to make it, and it was lovely.'

'When we lived at the Palladium cinema across from Brighton beach, the fishermen used to come up and we'd get a sixpence bucket of fish and there would be huss, everything. I never liked whiting though.  When me and my brother Alec got our pocket money, we still used to get fish. Up to the chip shop, out of a newspaper, onto a plate, with a knife and fork. It was from Bardsley's fish and chips'

'During the war, you were only allowed to spend 5 shillings to a meal - that was your limit. It didn't matter how swish the restaurant was. We ordered hors d'ouvres once at a Lyons house in London, and after that we went to order a main course. The waitress said "I'm terribly sorry, but you've spent your five shillings." All we could have after that was a cup of coffee'

Gladys

'Remember Lyons Corner Shop at the bottom of St James' Street, in Brighton. We used to go after school, sit upstairs and wait for the nippy to come. We used to order beans on toast, it was all we could afford, but it felt so posh. You had someone to wait on you'

'...always a roast on a Sunday, and usually apple tart. My mum making it. Coming in from Sunday school, it was the smell, all mixed up together... oh lovely!'

Acknowledgements

The sessions took place in the community cafe which is open to the public. They were facilitated the volunteer Lyn Strong and Same Sky artists. Steve Andrews at the Trust for Developing Communities (TDC) also supported these sessions.

This page was added by Lu Pearson on 08/05/2009.

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