Do school dinners bring back good or bad memories?

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Whenever anyone ever mentions school dinners, it always brings up a multitude of opinions – likes and dislikes.

Depending on which decade you were either lucky or unfortunate to participate in the daily ritual, there are hundreds of stories to tell.

School feature  February 1990   dinners meals 
Redby Infants and Junior School   Redby Primary School

School feature February 1990 dinners meals Redby Infants and Junior School Redby Primary School

Can anyone remember the spam fritters, chips and beans?

And what about sponge cake and pink custard? A frightening sight for some, but a dessert delight for others.

Some days you just dreaded the menu – lumpy mashed potato with mince and onions which had no flavour. And when it was followed by tapioca (frogspawn as many called it), then some could be put off for life.

You would pray for the simple fish fingers and chips with peas followed by ice cream.

School feature  February 1990  dinners meals 
Redby Infants and Junior School   Redby Primary School

School feature February 1990 dinners meals Redby Infants and Junior School Redby Primary School

For some, vegetables were the main culprit in the serving - either hard and under-cooked or over-cooked and mushy.

Probably one of the biggest fears in seeing the day’s offering was liver and onions, ox liver to be precise. Thick, chewy and full of tubes. More often than not dishes like this would never see clean plates.

So what are your memories of school dinners? Did you love them or hate them?

Tell us what you liked or loathed. Email chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk

Broadway Junior School Meals Week  April 1998

Broadway Junior School Meals Week April 1998

04/07/2003 ??
  KIDS EATING SCHOOL DINNERS AT HUDSON ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL IN HENDON.

04/07/2003 ?? KIDS EATING SCHOOL DINNERS AT HUDSON ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL IN HENDON.

Parents try school dinners at East Herrington Primary  July 1993.
Kevin Ridley pictured.

Parents try school dinners at East Herrington Primary July 1993. Kevin Ridley pictured.

03/11/2004 
PUPILS AT ST. AIDAN'S RC COMPREHENSIVE IN ASHBROOKE ENJOY THEIR SCHOOL DINNERS.

03/11/2004 PUPILS AT ST. AIDAN'S RC COMPREHENSIVE IN ASHBROOKE ENJOY THEIR SCHOOL DINNERS.

National School Meals Week The Mayor Sunderland, Coun Wally Scott attends lunchtime learning activities at Thorney Close Primary School  April 1999

National School Meals Week The Mayor Sunderland, Coun Wally Scott attends lunchtime learning activities at Thorney Close Primary School April 1999

Broadway Junior School Meals Week  April 1998

Broadway Junior School Meals Week April 1998

School feature  February 1990   dinners meals 
Redby Infants and Junior School   Redby Primary School

School feature February 1990 dinners meals Redby Infants and Junior School Redby Primary School

J F Kennedy Primary School Dinners meals  February 1995

J F Kennedy Primary School Dinners meals February 1995