The year 1947 was memorable for many reasons.
It was preceded by severe winter and spring that caused many a frozen pipe throughout the country. At that time central heating was limited to those who could afford such luxuries.
Food and coal supplies were badly disrupted by the weather conditions but 1947 saw the end of bread rationing.
Much desired kitchen gadgets and refrigerators began to appear in the shops, though many went for export.
Indeed, women were being encouraged to keep working in shops and factories in order to boost production and thereby increase exports.
In June Christian Dior launched his new Spring collection onto a fashion starved Europe to great effect.
It was the beginning of the ‘New Look’
The announcement of the engagement of Princess Elizabeth to Prince Philip of Mountbatten caused a stir with the prospect of all the pomp and ceremony of a royal wedding later in the year.
Extra clothing rations were permitted for the wedding dress but due to the on-going restrictions there would be no trousseau.
With the return of Philip Harben, the first television chef and the ubiquitous Marguerite Patten who began to appear on our screens regularly to advise on home cooking and nutrition, a service that had only been on radio during the war years.
As Christmas approached there was a little extra on the sweet, sugar and meat rations. This was welcomed by many families who would be celebrating together for the first time, in many cases, since the beginning of the war.
Things were beginning to look up. Slowly and steadily life was improving though there was still a long way to go until the final end of all rationing.
That momentous event was still some five years away . . .