From our Facebook friends Small Town, Great War:
On 21st March 1918, the ‘Hucknall Dispatch’ reported the opening of a shop selling horse meat in Hucknall. According to Clem Biddlestone, a school boy at the time, the consumption of horse meat was connected to the arrival of a Belgian refugee family in the town:
“The first time time I heard of horse meat was when a family, Belgian refugees, came to live in Betts Street. It wasn’t a nice thought but it became accepted. Horse meat was much lighter in colour than the deep red of beef,” (letter to author, 25th February 2003).