When I was a little older, my mother would give me 3 pence (old pence that is) with which I could buy fish and chips. The fish was two pence and the chips were a halfpenny. This was obtained from the Fish and Chip shop in the Tottenham High Road, opposite Paxton Road. What a feast. It’s a fast food shop now selling exotic delicacies.
I had a halfpenny left. With that I could go to Mrs. Dooley’s in Brereton Road on the south side, now demolished. It was an ordinary terraced house, with bay windows, but, in the basement, she ran a small sweet shop. It was in a row of houses that were next to our school, St. Francis de Sales.
There I could buy five toffees or a blackjack. The blackjack was a real jaw-breaker but it had the advantage that it was extremely difficult to share with anyone else. Let them bring their own halfpenny !
On rare occasions we would take supper. This would consist of raw Spanish onion and a chunk of cheddar. How we got to sleep after that, I don’t know. However, it was very tasty and I am sure it did us good.
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