Life in Northern Ireland over the years

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Christopher

Life in Northern Ireland over the years

Post by Christopher » 15 Sep 2007, 18:32

During the years of the second World War a great many items had to be rationed. The first thing to be rationed was petrol ... this began on the 3rd September 1939 when the government announced that both petrol and oil were to be rationed. Motorists were allowed roughly two hundred miles of motoring per month. Basic food items like bacon, butter and sugar were rationed from the 8th January 1940. Everyone was given a book with little coupons. Petrol rationing ceased in 1950 but was rationed for a further five months at the time of the Suez Crisis in 1957. The rationing of most items in of Britain ended at midnight on 4th July 1954

People in Ireland were able to overcome some of the rationing problems by doing the occasional bit of smuggling. Michael and Jim Cutliffe of Inishowen, Donegal told their story about how people managed to smuggle white flour to BBC Radio Foyle. http://www.bbc.co.uk/ww2peopleswar/stor ... 3049.shtml

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