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Thank you THEN & Thank you NOW

We celebrate the 75th Anniversary of VE Day (8th May), a national day of relief and gratitude. We were and will ever be grateful to everyone on our frontlines, the Armed Forces out there and the many ‘civilian agencies’ who stepped up to keep industry, agriculture and order going at home – THANK YOU.


Sharing our Thanks and Relief


Just as we took to the streets to give thanks in celebration 75 years ago, we step out every Thursday evening now to applaud the amazing work, personal risk and wonderful efforts of those helping Britain’s communities today.

We saluted all involved in the mighty war effort as victory was declared – and will always remember their selfless bravery with gratitude and pride.

Today, we salute the Doctors, Nurses, Paramedics, the staff that keep these services going, charitable works and contributions, supermarket staff, corner shops, refuse collectors, bus drivers and the amazing individual achievements of people such as Capt. Tom …



Powerful Potatoes


Potatoes were celebrated by the Ministry of Food during rationing in Wartime Britain … ‘Potatoes give you warmth and energy. Potatoes are cheap and home-produced. So why stop at serving them once a day? Have them twice, or even three times — for breakfast, dinner and supper’.

P – for the Protection Potatoes afford;
O – for the Ounces of Energy stored;
T – for the Tasty, and Vitamins rich in;
A – for the Art to be learnt in the Kitchen.
T – for Transport we need not demand;
O – for old England’s Own Food from the Land;
E – for the Energy eaten by you;
S – for the Spuds which will carry us through!

(…their words.)

Lord Woolton Pie

For a ‘meat eating’ Nation with little if any meat, old habits had to change. Lord Woolton Pie is an example of British resolve, creating such a successful dish it became a legendary wartime recipe.

The need to grow our own and ‘Dig for Victory’ led to its creation. Named after the wartime Minister of Food, Lord Woolton, it’s a root vegetable pie, including the infamous ‘Doctor Carrot’ and ‘Potato Pete,’ blended with oats and topped with a potato crust.

The humble filling was:

  • 1lb seasonal vegetables such as potato, swede, cauliflower, spring onions and carrot
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable extract
  • 1 tablespoon oatmeal

Thankfully, we don’t have such shortages today.

But, it’s that same British resolve that keeps us safe and keeps us going in our extraordinary ‘new norm’ today.