Dried eggs: ‘real in all but name’!

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DRIED eggs, a burgeoning National Health Service and the launch of a historic ship were making the headlines in the Gazette on this day in 1946.

In Parliament, the recently-elected Labour government was setting about radical post-war reforms.

The most far-reaching of them was Aneurin Bevan’s plans for the creation of a free National Health Service.

But his vision was receiving a rough reception.

Although his proposals were meant to be top secret, sniping at them had already started in earnest.

There were signs that doctors were consolidating their ranks against plans forcing them to work in areas not of their own choosing.

And Bevan was also facing criticism from within his own party, over claims the details of the “secret” plans had already been leaked.

Meanwhile, at Hawthorn and Leslie shipyard in Hebburn, the single-screw motor tanker Latia was launched.

Her launch was seen at the time as marking a transition to peacetime trading for the famous Tyneside yard.

Also close to home, dried eggs were raising a stink.

Dried egg powder became available in 1942 and was used to supplement the egg allowance while rationing was in place.

The government tried to sell the idea of dried eggs – which were not joyously received by the majority – with a poster campaign.

Issued by the Ministry of Food, the poster put forward the view that dried eggs were real eggs in “all but name”.

At a meeting of the United Nation Association north east branch, which was held at the Friends Meeting House in South Shields, regional secretary R.M Davies claimed the food minister “had no intention of doing away with dried eggs”.

Amid the post-war gloom and uncertainty, romance was blossoming for a pair of pensioners.

Friends and neighbours waved and cheered when widower Robert Cooperthwaite, 75, wed widow Anna Bulley, 72, at Jarrow Register Office.