i remember "supper" as a feature of my childhood and up into my adult life, maybe my late twenties?
In those days there was an evening church service which would finish around 8.15pm and mum and dad would invite friends for supper, or we would be invited or, when I was old enough for youth group, the group would go to somebody's house or to a local coffee shop. The coffee shop which was frequented by many youth groups around the area was called "yummys" and the shop with distinctive arched windows is still there, now selling yeeros and called "Gyradiko"
Sundays meals were turned on their heads compared to the rest of the week, the main meal in the middle of the day, something light pre-church (this would be eaten around 5pm) and then supper might have made it to the table by 8.45 or 9pm.
These post - church affairs were usually a pretty good spread made up of sausage rolls, cheese toast, crumpets, cakes, pikelets, cheese & crackers and who can forget the old cob loaf which is enjoying a resurgence? For youth suppers, girls were to bring a plate of food and boys a bottle of drink. Such a sexist rule but unquestioned at t he time.
I know that my mum & dad used to have supper of something like Milo and a piece of cake every night, sometime after us kids had gone to bed.
I was just thinking about all of this recently. Was this a tradition which started to keep people fed when church times clashed with normal meal times or did people in the wider community invite people to socialise over a post-dinner buffet? Does anyone still eat supper? Do any of my readers remember this kind of arrangement? What did you eat? when did it fall out of fashion?
Tell me your thoughts!