Fussy eaters may not have stomached off-ration meat
I hope you're not eating, as my recent articles about shopping have brought this slightly stomach-churning response from reader Ted Humphreys, about the retail trade, 70 years ago.
"In 1942, aged 12, I was caught by a policeman sliding down a haystack," says Ted, of Countesthorpe.
"He took me home and my mother almost had a fit seeing me with a policeman.
"To save me from a life of crime, my dad made me work in his grocery shop. This was before the end of child slave labour and one of my jobs was to take empty boxes down the cellar.
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"I didn't like that cellar as it was dark and scary, so to avoid going down there, I used to throw the boxes into it.
"My dad was also friendly with the butcher.
"It was wartime and food was rationed, but some things were off-ration such as game birds, lambs hearts, pigs' cheeks (chaps), kidneys, liver, testicles (sweetbreads), pigs' trotters, oxtails, tripe, sheep's brains, rabbits, hares and chitlings — but I'm not sure what they were!
"I remember eggs were scarce and on ration. But one day, as I was throwing boxes down into the shop's cellar, one turned out to be a quarter full of eggs.
"This misfortune, however, made me very popular with the customers, as broken eggs could be sold off-ration!"