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Extracts from Caterer's archives

01 January 2000
Extracts from Caterer's archives

The sixties

Sixth-formers at a Blackpool school, in a report that took two terms to produce, describe their resort as "an old-fashioned, backward-looking town with little attraction for today's holidaymaker".

The report, by 24 pupils at Arnold School, caused quite a stir in the town, and led to the boys appearing in a BBC television programme to discuss their claims.

Blackpool, they said, should be given a new name - they plump for City of the Fylde - and largely rebuilt. "As it is, it is doomed to become a backwater by the sea when, with rebuilding and renaming, it could be a thrusting, with-it, much-visited resort… "

But the report goes on: "This should not, however, lead people to believe that Blackpool is finished.

"There are far more people today than in 1939 who want a holiday away from home. A cheap holiday at Blackpool is preferred by many to the shocks of a more expensive holiday in Majorca."

Caterer, 18 July 1968

The seventies

A graveyard, long disused, is to be the site of a beer garden in the West Country.

Bristol's Royal Hotel has applied for temporary planning permission on the site of the old St Augustine's Churchyard next door in College Green.

Caterer, 20 July 1978

The eighties

Cartoon characters He-Man and the Masters of the Universe are joining the battle to promote school meals. The London Borough of Hillingdon is using the characters in its school meals service, Feast lunchbox sandwich service, which it launches in January as an alternative to hot meals.

Principal education catering manager Tom Seery hopes an extra £2,000 a week in profit will be earned when the lunchboxes, decorated with stickers of the cartoon programmes, are introduced in the borough's 80 primary schools. Neighbouring Surrey council is also introducing the box.

Caterer, 28 July 1988

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