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On this day in 1954 – wartime rationing ended

Posted at 8:30 am, July 4, 2012 in News
Rationing posters

It’s hard to imagine that there was a time when we were told we can’t eat what we want, when we want. During the war and proceeding years, rations were on the forefront of everyone’s mind/stomach. Each individual was given a set list of available food stuffs each week and no more was allowed – can you imagine only having one square of chocolate a week?! So when July 4 1954 came around and 14 years of rationing ended, it’s not surprising that celebrations were on people’s mind. The members of the London Housewives’ Association took charge in London by holding a special ceremony in Trafalgar Square and Smithfield’s Market opened at midnight instead of 6am for the first time since the war began. Carly-Ann Clements

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