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1930’s school playground

Man in a cap in the 1930'sThe children thrown sweets – like feeding chickens …

Union Jack flagSometimes we formed up in the playground in lines and did light physical exercise known as ‘drill’ – swinging your arms and bending your trunk.
Then once a year on Empire Day a Union Jack was flown from a window and we all marched past and saluted it.

We had playtimes mornings and afternoons and I remember when I was in the infants class Mr Jewson, who lived nearly opposite the playground in the house called ‘Cavendish’ used to go to Mickey Day’s sweetshop and buy a large paper bag full of liquorice Allsorts.
He then came to the playground railing and threw the sweets out as though he were throwing corn to chickens. We would scrap and fight for these sweets and once you were back at your desk you arranged your spoils, say five sweets, in the groove made for your pencil.

We looked forward to seeing Mr Jewson, for you had just 1d (that is 1 old penny which equals 0.4p now) for the whole week, if you were lucky.
With this you would buy a half penny Sherbert Fountain and, because they lasted a long time, a half penny’s worth of Aniseed Balls.

Written by Jack Wales February 2008

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