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READ PDF Î A Fish Supper and a Chippy Smile µ Oi, Hilda, The Sign Outside Says You Re Frying Today But I Ain T Seeing Nothing Done In EreThe Voice Cut Through My Daydream, Startling Me Into Remembering Where I Was Standing In The Fish And Chip Shop I Worked In We Opened For Business At Pm And Already There Was A Queue Of Hungry Customers On The Cobbled Street Of London S East EndIn S And S Bermondsey, The Fish And Chip Shop Was At The Centre Of The Community And At The Heart Of The Chippy Itself Was Hooray Hilda Kemp, A Spirited Matriarch Who Dispensed Fish Suppers And An Abundance Of Sympathy To A Now Vanished World Of East EndersFor Hooray Hilda Knew All To Well What It Was Like To Feel Real, Aching Hunger Growing Up In The Slums Of S South East London, The Daughter Of A Violent Alcoholic Who Drank Away His Wages Rather Than Put Food On The Table, She Could Spot When A Customer Was In Need And Would Sneak Them An Extra Big Portion Of Chips, On The HouseAs Hilda Works In The Chippy Six Days A Week Cutting The Potatoes And Frying The Fish, Yesterday S Rag Becoming Today S Dinner Plate She Hears All The Gossip From The Close Knit Community There Are Rumours That The Gang Wars Are Hotting Up The Richardsons And The Krays Are Playing Out Their Fights Across South East London And The Industrial Strike Is Carrying On For A Painfully Long Time For The Mothers With Many Mouths To FeedAt Home, Hilda S Children Are Latchkey Kids, Letting Themselves In From School And Helping Themselves To Whatever Is In The Larder Until She Gets In From Her Long, Hard Day At Work Despite Tragedy Striking Her Family, Hilda Never Complained Of The Loss Of Her Daughter At A Tragically Young Age, Nor The Tough Upbringing She Narrowly EscapedWith A Cast Of Colourful Characters Dirty Ragamuffins, Struggling Housewives, Rough Diamond Gang Members Hooray Hilda S Story Is One Of Grit, Romance, Nostalgia And British Endurance Told To Her Granddaughter Cathryn, This Memoir Is The Uplifting Sequel To WE AIN T GOT NO DRINK, PA And Is A Testament To A Woman Who Lived Life To The Full, Who Enjoyed Laughter And Loved Fiercely Even Though Her Heart Was Broken Many Times Over I m surprised this was such an emotional book I m normally good at separating myself from memoirs and the people in them, but something struck a chord with me here Hilda Kemp s life was marred with tragedy and disappointment Yet she always put on a brave face and gritted her teeth for her beloved husband and children I loved hearing about her life working in an East End fish and chip shop in the 50s Sadly, I believe the community spirit most Londoners felt has all but vanished these days Wonderfully well written and heartbreaking to the extreme. A really good read Never has a book reduced me to tears. Yet another book I found hard to put down