When she started serving school meals, pounds, shillings and pence were in use. The Beatles were still together - just. And the Jumbo jet made its first commercial flight. The year was 1970 and Kitty Keeley began cooking for the kids at Dallington Primary in Sussex.
43 years later - at the age of 75 - she's retiring. David Johns went to see her hang up her pinny for the last time, talking to Kitty and the headteacher, Shirley Frankis.
Checks are to be made on the content of school dinners supplied to hundreds of children in the South East - to see if the food contains horsemeat.
Kent County Council wants food distributed to 200 of its schools examined. While education officials in both Sussex and Essex want their suppliers to give them detailed information about how their meat is sourced. It will take up to six weeks for the results of the tests to come through.
It is unclear tonight what action is being taken by many schools outside local authority control. David Johns reports. His interviewees are Headteacher Tanya O'Connor, Councillor Mike Whiting from Kent County Council, and Julian Rutherford - a school meals supplier.