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Sweets for Lent

I remember the Off Licence at the top of Fulton Road in the 1940’s. My cousin and I went to St Joseph’s RC. School. During lent we were expected to take tuppence for the ‘holy souls’ unfortunately for the holy souls we called at the Off Licence and bought two ha’penny liquorice sticks and a penn’orth of Lingo Fizz.

We also gave our custom to Thompsons sweet shop on the opposite side of the road- 2 Cough Lozenges for a penny. Sweets were on ration so our choice was limited to say the least. When sweets came of ration we were given sixpence to spend at Mc Kenzies in Springvale, a typical sweetshop of the time with row upon row of glass jars on floor to ceiling shelves.We couldn’t wait for lunchtime  when we could choose anything we liked. We ran all the way and arrived breathless in the shop to find every jar empty!  We decided that all the rich people had got there before us.

Margaret Dwyer

This is the same off-licence, or beer-off, Steve Barks remembers from his childhood in the late 1960s to mid 1970s – Fulton Road Off Licence.


About Bill Bevan

Bill Bevan is an archaeologist, writer, photographer and heritage interpreter.

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This entry was posted on May 2, 2013 by in 1960s 1970s Life.
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