When bones helped feed the family

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IT’S taken long enough, but thank the Lord that proper cookery is to be reintroduced into the school curriculum.

Few things are more important, surely, than teaching future generations of parents how to feed themselves and their families properly.

How we’ve let domestic skills become denigrated in the way they have, I don’t know.

I’m pretty sure that the lessons they learned at the old cookery school in Shields, for instance, will have stood many lasses in good stead.

Reader Eunice Hughes was pleased to see the school on a picture recently of Winchester Street.

She attended it while a pupil at Baring Street School, before leaving in 1946.

Now 80 and living in Whitburn, she recalls that some cooking was done at Baring Street.

Soup, especially, remains vivid because you had to take in bones for stock.

“And I remember always looking to see that what the others brought were clean because you each took a jug of the soup home at the end,” she said.

But baking etc was done at Winchester Street.

Eunice, who lived in Charlotte Street at the time, recalls: “At the end of cooking everything had to be cleaned, with each person being given a chore to do.”