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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard1978 View Post
    Some lucky pupils at the first primary I went to were allowed to go home for dinner due to dietry reasons, I tryed asking for my Mum to do this but was refused!

    My 2nd primary was a lot more modern, with choices most days if you weren't the last class called in.

    Hot half Scotch eggs were nice, but went with the samonella scare in 1988/9.
    We all tried things like this Richard - I doubn we'd be human if not - not as it occurred to me personally at the time ... as at Primary School I swapped and changed between going home and staying at School

    Not as I did this at Secondary/High School (whatever people desire to call it/refer to it as) but sure I wish we had gone out into/the Town/Village and had a laugh too. It is well sad that in many Schools today even this is a no-no - but though I'm not yet 40 and feel still youngish) this still gives young people an immensely bad press I feel/believe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Big Tim View Post
    At my primary school, I remember that there was not a choice (unless you had registered as a vegetarian), and whatever was on the menu that day was your only option, and you had to have it. On the whole, the food was pretty much ok, the puddings were nearly always the highlight - I don't seem to recall too many dodgy milk puddings, but definitely remember pink / mint / chocolate custard (each table of 8 got a steel jug, some people would almost fight over the skin, whilst others avoided it like the plague).

    I remember on a Monday morning, we had to take our "dinner money" to be counted and recorded by our class teacher each week. I think it was around about 1.15 or something back in 1988/89. Around about this time, there was a big campaign on dental health - our school used to serve bowls of cheese or carrot slices AFTER dessert - the idea being this would clean or freshen up your teeth after eating. I don't know if this was only the case in York/North Yorkshire, or if it was a nationwide drive. It was fronted up by a character called "Herbie The Carrot"!

    Secondary school was a canteen affair - buy and spend whatever you like. With 1500 pupils, there was a big dining room, and plenty of choice. However, during my time there, (1991 - 1996), many chose to go out to the local chippy/shops to eat. I believe this was banned after I left, and only those who had parental permission to leave the school grounds to eat at home were allowed to leave the school grounds.
    Both yourSchools sound similar to my School Big Tim!! At Primay I think I stayed for Lunch most of the time (though am unsure to totally recall what we had as meals) but by say Year 5/6 I wanted to start going home (and did a tad- well at least to Grandparents) but then Lunch was over too quick and I didn't want to go back for the Afternoon then Lol

    At Secondary I generally had Lunch at School and pinned to go out but a combination of it not being allowed and the strictest Head ever going (unless if he had favourites) caused that to be a no-no ... but living on the Coast and going to a school on the Coast did at least make the idea a "potientialy awesome dream/idea"

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80sChav View Post
    Both yourSchools sound similar to my School Big Tim!! At Primay I think I stayed for Lunch most of the time (though am unsure to totally recall what we had as meals) but by say Year 5/6 I wanted to start going home (and did a tad- well at least to Grandparents) but then Lunch was over too quick and I didn't want to go back for the Afternoon then Lol

    At Secondary I generally had Lunch at School and pinned to go out but a combination of it not being allowed and the strictest Head ever going (unless if he had favourites) caused that to be a no-no ... but living on the Coast and going to a school on the Coast did at least make the idea a "potientialy awesome dream/idea"

    80sChav
    The going out on a lunchtime thing eventually being banned was apparently due to local residents complaining about having schoolkids dumping their litter everywhere, particularly in hedges! It actually caused a massive drop in takings for the local independent shops, with two closing down within a year of the ban taking place. There was an enterprising bloke in a mobile chip van who used to pick up a big trade from the school, and after being tipped off that pupils were not allowed to leave the grounds during the lunch hour, he had the audacity to drive into the schoolgrounds one lunchtime, and setup in the carpark - as you can imagine, he was quickly moved on by irate staff! Not long after, his van suffered a fire, and he didn't replace it.

    Our primary school head ruled with a rod of iron - firm, but fair in most cases; but the rules regarding those bringing in packed lunches were very strict. Even in the mid-1980's, over two decades before the Jamie Oliver campaigns, there was no crisps, chocolate or fizzy drinks allowed, and you had to have at least one item of fruit/raw vegetable in there - lunchboxes were inspected for their contents, along with everyone's hands, to ensure they were clean before eating!

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    The handbook for my secondary school stated something along the lines of "It is most undesirable that your son or daughter is given money to purchase food from a local fish and chip shop". This is despite there being no fish and chip shops within a reasonable walking distance of the school although there were other takeaways.

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    Ohhh yes!! Who can forget mint custard with chocolate pudding, then another day it switched, mint pudding with chocolate custard.........mmmmm!!

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    Meatballs with maggots crawling out of them ... ( think it was rice actually) but everyone said they were maggots


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    Mashed potato with lumps, fatty gammon with white sauce, meat with tubes... (Shudder!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zincubus View Post
    Meatballs with maggots crawling out of them ... ( think it was rice actually) but everyone said they were maggots


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    Faggots?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tex View Post
    Faggots?
    There's no need for that !!




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    Several things stick out. The first being soggy pink burgers in some sort of tomato? based sauce. Pink custard. Everybody trying to get in the dinner hall last on chip day so they could get seconds.

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