I'm not sure when Cathy Langdan (Let's Talk, May 14) was at primary school, but in defence of the dinner ladies at St Marie's Catholic Primary School (early 1970s for me), I have to contradict her description of school dinners.
My experience was the opposite: cheese flan (melt in your mouth home-made pastry), with delicious, ripe fresh tomatoes (not a tinned tomato in sight); buttery, floury mashed potatoes and fresh, perfectly cooked, vegetables.
The puddings were home-made delights from jam roly-poly, ginger sponge pudding, pineapple upside-down cake, a variety of crumbles, Bakewell tart, coconut jam sponge and yes, of course, custard!
The description of the dinner ladies is more accurate… certainly most of them had children at the school although I dare say Gertie Nolan, Anne Murray, Edith Horner and Pat Whitehead might take offence at being called "formidable dragons"! (I am daughter of the aforementioned Gertie Nolan School Cook extraordinaire St Marie's Catholic Primary School from 1972-2007!)
Nothing but happy memories of my time at St Marie's Primary School and especially of the school dinners!