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Some interesting and quirky facts about Britain in general and Great Yarmouth in particular. Many are First and Second World War related but not all.

World War Two Restrictions

Rationing in the Second World War did not apply to just petrol, food and clothing. Coal was another commodity needed for industry and the war effort and, therefore, rationed. At first the restrictions were voluntary and controlled by shortages of supply. During the severe winter of 1939/40, people were encouraged to share their hearths on the basis that one warm room was better than two chilly ones. People responded to this advice in the towns and took turns to invite their neighbours round for the evening, the guests bringing one or two lumps of coal with them! Later, it was necessary to have more formal fuel rationing. By 1942, each house had a certain number of fuel units and so did each person in the house. There was a choice in how to 'spend' those units, which were the annual allowance, through the year. 1 unit equalled 1/2cwt of coal or coke, 500 cu ft of gas, or 50 units of electricity.

In the countryside, people supplemented their fuel ration by gathering twigs, branches and fir cones; in urban areas people could help themselves from piles of broken timber taken from bombed out buildings and placed in town centres for their use.

The policy behind the introduction of plain 'utility' clothing, furniture and crockery was that supplies - and money - could not be wasted on decoration and frippery. Factories were retooled to make essential goods for the war effort, so fripperies were unavailable anyway! Beetroot juice was the favourite substitute for lipstick and rouge, and soot for eyeliner. Gravy browning stained young female legs and a black pencil mark had to serve as a stocking seam. Soap was rationed to one bar a month and fewer and shallower baths were encouraged - water no more than five inches deep and preferably shared!

The policy applied to food also and by 1942 the icing of cakes had been banned. Cardboard wedding cakes became the norm. But wartime restrictions had a brighter side: the government felt they should augment children's diets. Schools from 1942 were giving children milk, orange juice and cod liver oil and providing hot meals at lunchtime. The latter idea spread to adults and the government introduced non profit making canteens, serving cheap plain meals, called British Restaurants. There was one in Yarmouth Market Place and another in Gorleston High Street.

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