Remembering school dinners on South Tyneside

Enjoying school dinners in December 1986. Do you recognise the pupils?
Enjoying school dinners in December 1986. Do you recognise the pupils?
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School meals have often suffered from a bad press, but were they really as horrible as some pupils would have you believe?

There are those who will recall having to stomach cold custard, stewed prunes and lumpy gravy. But equally there are others who fondly remember spotted dick and steaming white sauce as well as roasties and spam fritters.

Mealtime at Whitburn Junior School in 1984.

Mealtime at Whitburn Junior School in 1984.

It was all, quite literally, a question of taste, and which school you went to.

What are your recollections of meal times at school. Did you enjoy the food on offer, or would you rather have had a packed lunch?

Much has been made about the nutritional value of today’s school menus, how did yours fare?

Eating their dinner at South Shields Comprehensive School in 1981.

Eating their dinner at South Shields Comprehensive School in 1981.