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Last Updated: Wednesday November 03 2004 13:03 GMT

School trials retro-style lunches

Pupils at Medway Community College are getting a taste of what school dinners were like 40 years ago.

They've got a new menu which includes things like Lancashire hotpot, diced swede and Wells pudding, and the aim is to get them more into healthy food.

The food is being cooked using fresh ingredients and herbs, so it contains fewer additives and less salt.

Over 150 children and staff at the Kent school are taking part in the project and so far it's been a hit with pupils.

"I think it was quite nice, it was a much healthier option for lunch," said 13-year-old Leanne, after sampling her first 1960's-style dinner.

"There was more veg and we had water to drink," she added.

The meals are also a hit with Jamie, 13: "I had meat, boiled cabbage and potatoes and for afters I had cake with custard.. it was the best meal I've ever had."

Trial

The school is trialling the menu to find out if they can afford it, as serving up food made from scratch every day can be more expensive.

Head teacher Andrea Ferris said: "We want students to be more aware of what they are eating, and to encourage them to enjoy and have fun with a more balanced diet. "



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