Leeds nostalgia: November 1947: Country braced for three more years of rationing as Princess Elizabeth marries

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A good deal of the news this week in 1947 was taken up with the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip, who married on November 20.

They included Mrs C Harrison, from Leeds and Mrs Ladley, from Darlington and Mrs Lister, from Filey.

But not all the news revolved around the royal wedding of the century - other items were more humdrum.

One such item relayed the case of Terence Mullery, 19, a soldier from Quarry Mount and Bernard Thomas, 19, a poulterer from Devon Street, both of whom were sent to prison for four weeks for smashing windows with an iron bar on York Street.

The court heard how the two, who were in drink, made their war along the street deliberately breaking glass, including one gas lamp.

Both pleaded guilty and Thomas said they went out for a drink as it was Mullery’s first night at home since April.

And as if that wasn’t enough to contend with, the country was told it faced at least three more years of food rationing.

But Sir John Boyd Orr, director general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, said: “The idea Britain is down and out is nonsense. Production is up. If one could just get the whole world food situation settled, Britain would recover quickly.”

The matters were to be debated in the House of Commons.

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