Saturday, 3 October 2009
On this day in 1952, news of the end of tea rationing was announced, which meant Britons would soon be able to enjoy unlimited 'cuppas' for the first time in 12 years. During a speech in Newcastle the Minister of Food, Major Gwilym Lloyd -George, said rationing and price controls on tea would be lifted on Sunday. Major Lloyd-George said the Ministry of Food had taken advantage of a steady improvement in supplies of tea since the end of the war.
The price of tea would not rise due to the abolition of price controls, Major Lloyd-George added. And he hinted at a further easing of rationing in the near future. "We are getting out of the import of raw sugar and - it is only a little matter - we are getting out of the banana trade soon," he said.
The lifting of tea rationing follows the Uk's recent re-entry into the international tea trading arena with the resumption of public tea auctions in London.
Nearly a third of the tea produced in the world is consumed in the UK and Ireland and the government is no doubt hoping for a boost in popularity by making the nation's favourite beverage freely available again.
However, a rush to buy tea was not anticipated as the weekly ration was increased to 3oz per head - the pre-war consumption level - some time ago.
Rationing had been in force since January 1940, a few months after the start of the Second World war. In 1948 the government announced the start of a de-rationing programme but so far little progress had been made.
During World War II all sorts of food items were rationed as well as clothing, furniture and petrol. The year after tea was freed from rationing a host of other items including sweets, eggs, butter and sugar were made freely available again. Rationing of foodstuffs finally ended in 1954 when meat was taken off the ration books.
The video link below shows footage from the shipping docks as trading resumes in auction rooms. The footage is mainly silent, with sound for parts of pictures only:
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In this BBC News picture judges arrive in Westminster Abbey 1 October 2009 in London, England, from the Royal Courts of Justice for a service which is followed by a procession to the Houses of Parliament and then a reception held by the Lord Chancellor.
The ceremony in Westminster Abbey has roots in the religious practice of the judges praying for guidance at the start of the legal year. The custom dates back to the Middle Ages when the High Court was held in Westminster Hall.
Can you spot two ladies in the picture, not wearing wigs?
For today's brainteaser, you need to know your Phonetic Alphabet, that is the code used by police and other emergency services. For example A = Alpha. Listed below are ten letters, can you identify the word for each letter:
Good luck! Answer in tomorrows Journal.