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'News stories in 1948'

This section gives you an archive of the stories which made it into the national press during 1948.

'August 31'

Food shortages feature in the news this week, with the National Farmers' Union discussing widespread concerns about the shortage of food for land workers.

Meanwhile, there are complaints that certain types of jam have disappeared from shop shelves since they have been 'derationed'. In response to complaints from housewives, a leading manufacturing firm responded with the statement, "There is no shortage - except in places where people are greedy ... We have been told of a woman who ordered 50lb of unrationed jam and got it the next day. This sort of thing is bound to cause a shortage".

Dr Arthur Blaunt tells Cromer magistrates that he was "under the influence of ice cream" when he failed to stop his car at a halt sign. He claimed that the ice cream he had eaten that day during a long and tiring journey added to his fatigue causing him to almost fall asleep at the wheel of his car. He was fined £4 for driving carelessly.

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