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Words spoken by: Mrs May Phillips

"Grey, very grey. Was grey, very grey.

Grey, very grey, during, you know, rationing time.

 

Everything was drab, and there wasn't anything to be had.

1946.

During, you know, rationing time

Grey, very grey.

Very little colour or availability.

It wasn't hardship, we didn't know anything else.

 

I can tell you exactly where it was:

past the pier, towards the castle, near the top.

You could hear the steam hissing, as you went in.

 

The machine was all there,

and there were lots of soldiers still going about, you know ,

straight after the war was finished.

The machine was all there.

 

They didn't have much to eat in this cafe,

but the coffee just made up for everything.

Great big wodge of foam on the top,

and sprinkles of chocolate.

 

It's only looking back that it was dull.

Life wasn't dull in any sort of way.

Life was lovely actually -

I mean we had great fun, as well as everything else, you know.

 

It was a hell of a winter.

Snow everywhere.

I could go there now.

It was all there

During, you know, rationing time."

1946

Taken from the 2010 album, 1 Inch: ½ Mile

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