School dinners at Joe's
Joe's dinners were the highlight of the day. Concrete and pink custard were a welcome respite from the classroom grind. Here are some of your reminiscences
CONTRIBUTION BY RAY WOOD 1955/1965
I ate dinners at S.J.C. for over 11 years. They were served in the school dining hall which was never called a refectory. The first meals I ate were in 1954 when the dining hall was only a few years old. It was on the first floor above the gymnasium built at the same time. The hall was 100 x 30 ft. approx. running north to south. The north end had a stage about 15ft deep with a grand piano sited in the north west corner. The south end was occupied by a large contemporary kitchen.
On the wooden floor were
three rows of tables and benches; each row had about 10 tables which were
placed transversely towards the outer walls while the middle row ran end
to end. The benches each held four diners. The six or so windows on the
east and west walls provided ample daylight which reflected on the
eggshell blue walls.
The head cook was Miss Coakley who was ably assisted by some Blackpool ladies. Miss Coakley was
from Ireland and ruled the kitchen with a custard scoop
of iron. I discovered this on 22nd November 1963 when as Captain of Chess,
I was attempting to sort out some tea for ourselves and our visitors from
Arnold School only to find Miss Coakley had locked up the kitchen in
sorrow at the assassination that day of J.F.K.
pie, mash spuds, gravy, carrots.
The following puddings
were served but on no particular day :
concrete jam tart,
various sponge cakes,
all the above with custard
rice pudding and semolina
with red jam.
In the upper six Bro. Mulligan, headmaster, joined some of us for this. The last time I was in the dining hall Bro. Mulligan invited all the upper 6 to tea after we finished A-levels. He provided sandwiches, cakes, chocolate, soft drinks, beer, Guinness, tea and coffee, as he said it would be the last time many of us would meet.
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