BY IVOR JONES
We always get a great response to Ivor’s columns and last issue’s spread on biscuits: A cracker of an idea that really took the biscuit (HTH, September 24th) was no exception.
Allan Gibson emailed to say: “Reading Ivor Jones’ illustrative piece took me back to the days of the old school yard, where, yes, we used to laugh a lot.
“Those were days my friends, we thought would never end and whilst there was the official school tuckshop with healthy sandwiches, outside the Gosford Primary School grounds in Georgiana Terrace was “Ma” Davies’ van, permanently parked against the kerb offering all kinds of less than healthy confectionery et al, including Weston’s Wagon Wheels.
“Meanwhile, Mum would do the weekly shopping at Mr Jackson’s The Owl Store for all things grocery. Behind the counter on the top shelf was an array of Arnott’s Biscuits tins where individual varieties of Sao, Wheatmeal, Butter Oak Cake etc. would be dispensed and packaged in brown paper bags and sold by weight.
“As kids growing up when things were “of the simple life”, the primary school year ended with the annual School Frolic. In 1958 Mum or Dad wrote to Arnott’s who supplied an array of stickers of famous parrot and various biscuits varieties along with a slash which had to be returned.
“All this finished up dressing this lad as a walking advertisement (photographed), which illustrates to this day there’s no substitute for quality!”
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