Happy days

FRED Atwood’s letter about Boans (Times, August 13) brought back an amusing memory for me.

Having emigrated to Perth at the end of 1962, my father, Bill Bates, worked in Boans on the deli counter from January 1963 until August 1964.

He came home one night and told us children about an incident with a colleague, also from England, who couldn’t remember the name of the cheese he had to label. (It was mortadella and we had never heard of it either.)

My father, ever the comedian, told him it was called Rigor Mortis.

A label was duly written advertising Rigor Mortis, so much a pound.

A customer eventually noticed it and a good laugh was had by all.

Dorothy Bottomley,