In a previous post I wrote about the rich heritage of Boston, Lincolnshire, reflected by the town’s excellent Guildhall Museum. Boston’s recent past is also valued by the many contributors to a Facebook Group called BostonMemories, whose members share old photographs and comments, and occasionally an archive film, like this British Council production, made in 1943, which I included in my earlier post. Spurred on by a recent conversation with some Bostonian visitors to Gunby Hall last weekend, I thought it was worth another look at this wartime public information film set in this town, so often maligned these days:
I was particularly interested in the sequence about the British Restaurant housed on the upper floor of the Guildhall, where you could get a meal for a set maximum price of 9d (ninepence – equivalent to just under 4p, about US$2 US or £1 GBP in purchasing power in 2008) or less. No-one could be served with a meal of more than one serving of meat, game, poultry, fish, eggs or cheese. British Restaurants were run by local government or voluntary agencies on a non-profit basis.
Extract from BostonMemories welcome statement:
“We have been getting a lot of anti migrant posts on here and that’s not what this group is for. This will stop as from now as anyone making them WILL be removed from the group. This is a gentle group for memories and photos. ……This group is now operating a zero tolerance policy”