School Dinners

Mark Baggley: Lunchtimes

Mark was born in 1960 in Hull and grew up in Scunthorpe. Mark went to his local primary school and then was sent to a residential special school in Lincolnshire at the age of eleven. From there Mark went on to a residential special college in Coventry.

Here Mark talks about being separated at lunchtime.


Lunch breaks, lunchtimes, was divided into two. You had a diet group, they were kept in a separate room from everybody else and you generally seemed to eat corned beef, from what I remember, a lot of the options were corned beef and to this day I can’t face corned beef. It was really funny, obviously I’m not as light as I would like to be now but I don’t remember ever being particularly heavy at school. Certainly when I was walking, I was really skinny. I think probably started putting a bit of weight on with being sat down all the time. Again it didn’t seem that weird at the time to be sat on this table but I think eventually after a couple of years I was allowed to move into the main one and that was much better. They used to weigh you on a regular basis so I think, I can’t remember how it occurred. Whether somebody said 'OK you're going to have to go on the diet table and sit through there'. And it was a very different atmosphere, because it was like two tables in a room, whereas the other one would have 10, 12 tables, so the atmosphere was very different as well and you just wanted to get it over with as quickly as you could to go back and be with your mates.

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