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We could buy only fish and hot cross buns on Good Friday

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 26, 2014

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BEFORE World War Two Easter began on Good Friday with the closing of shops and factories.

I was always told Good Friday was the most holy day of the year. My Grandma would say if the birds could understand about Good Friday they would not be building their nests on that day.

Harbach's fish and chip shop in Bridge Street, Wordsley, did open on Good Friday morning for the sale of wet fish and we would go and join the queue of ladies to get our fish to cook for dinner. Afterwards we would walk to Brettell Lane to the one shop that was open for our hot cross buns. After tea we would go to the Odeon Cinema in Stourbridge for a film about the life of Jesus and the events leading up to the crucifixion. Also Easter hymns were played on the cinema's beautiful organ.

Following Sunday dinner there would be the Easter eggs. Dad bought us Cadbury's chocolate eggs. I remember they were 3d and large ones 6d. Can anyone remember how big they were?

As I was born on April 12 on the Easter Saturday my mother always bought me a chocolate egg for my birthday.

I was always pleased when Easter came early as then the eggs that were not sold at Easter were reduced in price, and Mom could afford a nice big egg for me.

Happy days, simple pleasures, but we did think of the true meaning of Easter.

Doreen N. Harris,

6 Kensington Gardens,

Wordsley, near Stourbridge.

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