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Dinner lady Lou was a life-saver for my family

05 September, 2019

Louisa Tame with her son Peter

• I SEND this as a belated birthday thank you to Louisa Tame after reading your story about her 101st birthday, (Former Haverstock School dinner lady celebrates 101st birthday, July 23).

Lou was very special to our family when living at Welford Court in Castlehaven Road during the late 1950s and 1960s. I was a student at Haverstock and Lou’s smile and generosity towards my brother and I was exceptional.

Lining up for school dinners, like Oliver Twist, on occasions I would ask for more. My biggest treat was apple pie and custard pudding.

I’d wait until most of the kids had finished their meals and ask her for seconds. She’d serve me a second helping with lashings of custard on top of the pie. My day was made!

Lou’s family kindness extended to our family of four. During the cold days of winter when most families crowded around the small fire place in the front room, the delivery of coal was a life-saver.

At times, my father couldn’t afford to pay for the coal. Fred, Lou’s husband would allow us a sack of coal on “tick” without a grumble.

He would then carry the coal sack on his back up four flights of stairs and along the balcony to the end, emptying it through a small coal bunker hole.

These moments of kindness remind one about what is good about humanity. And I hope that I throughout my life I too have carried Lou’s message forward. A smile and simple acts of kindness go a long way in making the world go round.

Thank you Lou and your wonderful family for your understanding and kindness.

Langbourne Avenue, N6


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