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Can anyone remember fish and chips eaten out of newspaper, and sitting in the back row of the local picture house.

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27th Oct 2017 14:56:59
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I was brought up in Hampshire in a small village in the forest ,I remember eating fish and chips out of. newspaper .We had to go 3miles to the shop,how lovely they tasted on the long walk home.
10th May 2017 09:55:57
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In 1952 my parents moved house to different part of the town and there were two fish & chip shops near where we lived, and some things I did not find out until later but they where true at the time.
One chippy used to cook his fish in a very thin sliver of batter that just held the fish together and liked by a lot of people especially those who wanted to eat it while walking, the other chippy only 150 yards away used a thick batter with curled up edges and very crunchy which was more suitable for taking home and eating at the table.
Years later I used to hear the girls who had worked the twilight shift discussing which was the best, the thin batter or the thick batter.
7th May 2017 09:44:52 (Last activity: 7th May 2017 22:24:39)
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I am remembering 1948/49 when I used to go round collecting clean old news papers and putting them into a bundle, one of the local fish & chip shops would give you some money for them, a 1d for the bundle , or a bag of chips 1/2d, the chips were more exiting.
The fish shop owner would come out and sit on your bundle of news paper and them measure it with a stick, if it passed you got your reward, otherwise you had to collect more paper.
Response from Yodama made on 7th May 2017 22:24:39
Quite a change from the sterile polystyrene containers Archie, people would have a fit if they had to eat out of newspaper today. Quite the little entrepreneur weren't you?
Would you have to get a license to do that today?
23rd Mar 2017 17:15:38
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But, a bit off topic Peter, do you remember your first car?
23rd Mar 2017 17:13:25
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Ah, fish and chips, or as they used to say in my home village before the urbanites took over, fiss and chips.

I was so fortunate to have spent my first eight years beside a village fish and chip shop. Excellent stuff, and not as someone has already said, the mush we're offered nowadays. For ourselves, I could fish and chips to the same recipe and technique as in that fish and chip shop. Batter made of strong bread flour and water, and fish fresh of Lowestoft docks.

But the back row of the local flea pit, in my early teenage years that ecliped fish and chips! One Saturday evening Steve McQueen was starring in The Sand Pebbles. Because of a date who stood me up I arrived after house lights down. fell into a seat and thought, I know those legs!

It was a blue eyed blonde from my school class. For the next couple of hours we were busy gumsucking and the other things one did in the back row.

More than thirty years later I was spending a time living with my mother - mutual help. Got a video from the local library, The Sand Pebbles. During the opening credits mother said she thought I would have seen this on it's first release. Now, learned early, don't lie to mother - they know us better than we know ourselves. I told the truth.

'Couldn't be that nice girl Marion, could it?' No it wasn't. But the flea pit back row sure got steamy that night.
14th Mar 2017 14:28:50 (Last activity: 15th Mar 2017 15:06:55)
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I certainly ate fish and chips out of newspaper but never sat in the back row of the local cinema, I was much too shy!!
Response from Yodama made on 14th Mar 2017 17:41:50
Awww jm, it was THE place to be on a cold night, in the back row, cuddled up to current boyfriend ( who braved a dead arm ). The movie finished at 10h: 30 so we used to stroll to the chippy, it was lovely and warm and steamy, brightly lit and full of people.
If you could afford fish it was a treat otherwise it was chips and scratchings wrapped in newspaper. As you strolled to the bus stop, the chips would steam in the cold night air, and when you got home your fingers would be black from the newsprint. They were the loveliest tasting chips ever.
Oh I do have such wonderful memories. Simple days!
Response from Yodama made on 14th Mar 2017 19:33:45
Shame you were so shy jm, so what happened?
Response from Yodama made on 14th Mar 2017 20:21:54
My first post disappeared and has been awaiting approval for hours, I wrote a second one thinking it had gone and now see it lurking there, please delete it Sally,
Response from jeanmark made on 15th Mar 2017 15:06:55
As a student nurse I had to be in (my own) bed by 10pm so no time for a cuddle!
14th Mar 2017 19:14:02 (Last activity: 14th Mar 2017 19:16:13)
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Awww jm, the back row of the cinema as I remember it, was a warm place where you could cuddle up to your boyfriend ( he would bravely suffer dead arm). After the movie finished at 10h:30, it was a beeline for the chippy, warm and steamy, bright lights, delicious fish and chip aroma, lots of people waiting. If you couldn't afford fish, you would ask for scratchings and chips wrapped in newspaper. Strolling to the bus stop, chips steaming in the cold air, life was wonderful and simple. When you arrived home, your hands would be black from the ink. All together, a lovely night. How I wish I could turn back time.
Response from Yodama made on 14th Mar 2017 19:16:13
I must add that the fish and chips stayed crisp, not like today, everything is soggy when you open the packet.

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