Origins never fail to fascinate and educate

Rev Ron October 19  Longridge Band 1996, tea and 'Keep calm and carry on'
Rev Ron October 19 Longridge Band 1996, tea and 'Keep calm and carry on'
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Origins is one of my themes today but not until I have satisfied one of our Longridge readers who tells me I have not made reference to bands and banding for some 18 months.

He sent me a photograph used in Memory Lane some time ago and so here it is.

Rev Ron October 19  Longridge Band 1996, tea and 'Keep calm and carry on'

Rev Ron October 19 Longridge Band 1996, tea and 'Keep calm and carry on'

You will no doubt recognise people here (above).

Back to origins. A Garstang reader recently bought me some “Keep calm and carry on tea”.

It is delicious and made me think about the origin of tea (pictured right).

Legend has it that the Chinese Emperor Shen Nong discovered tea in 2737 B.C.

Rev Ron October 19  Longridge Band 1996, tea and 'Keep calm and carry on'

Rev Ron October 19 Longridge Band 1996, tea and 'Keep calm and carry on'

While boiling water in the shade of a tree, a light breeze caused some leaves to fall into the water, which the emperor tasted and found to be delicious.

What we are sure of, is that Portuguese priests and merchants introduced it into China in the 16th century and the rest is detailed history of its worldwide appeal

My third picture (left), one which we have all seen recently in all sorts of forms.

On the eve of the Second World War, the British Government printed two and a half million posters with these words on to reassure the population for the troubled times ahead.

They went unused and were destroyed.

Then 55 years later, a second hand book dealer in our part of the world found a copy in a box of books he had bought at an auction.

That find marked the rebirth and launch of all the “Keep calm and carry on” items we see around us today.

What I have to do now is to put this article on “grammar and spell-check”.

I love this innovation on modern computers – I just wish it had been there when I was at school.