Tea was imperative

BEING just a couple of years younger than Olivia Ayton, I read of her experiences (Herald Nostalgia feature, August 18) with great interest.

However, I was astounded to read her assertion that meat, tea, sugar, butter etc., were not available until after the war.

Although strictly rationed, every one of these items remained available throughout the whole of the war years. No tea during the war? Unthinkable! Directly after an air raid was over there was only on thing on our minds – put the kettle on!

Anyone under 70 reading Olivia’s experiences would imagine that we survived for more than five years on a diet of potatoes, carrots and Oxo gravy!

Alan Everson

The Crescent