Spending the sweet coupons
In the 1940s My Nan and Grandad used to give their grand-children their sweet coupons. The sweet shop where we could spend them was across the road from the drapers in the middle of Southover Street, near Mr Pannents on the corner of Islingwood Street which was where you got your groceries. You could also shop for groceries at Mr and Mrs Tuppins opposite Ewart Street. I remember that sugar came in blue bags.
Lovely smell from the bakers
When you went for fish and chips, whatever you bought they gave you scraps on top from out of the tray at the side of the fryer. You got a lot more if you took newspapers in for them too. I loved going to the shops. Micheal Cheeseman’s mum and dad had the Butchers on the corner of Holland Street. There was Mr and Mrs Fynn who had the chemist just a few roads down on the left, and one at the top of Southover Street. I have fond memories of the lovely smell of bread from the bakers, I think it was called Towner’s. The rolls were big and crusty, and the little cakes were a treat.
One cabbage leaf?
Of course I cannot remember Southover Street without mentioning Mr and Mrs Measer, who had the vegetable shop. Mr Measer used to cook beetroot and put it on a plate outside. If you bought it that was wrapped in newspaper too; I still can’t forget the flavour. He would sell you one cabbage leaf if that is all you could afford, bless him. Hard days for some but we young ‘uns knew no different did we?
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