Ye Olde Com­mu­nity Cor­ner Sweetie Shoppe


Lucky Bags Ba seem to have gone a bit out of fash­ion, but as Joan Walker of Stoke-onTrent re­mem­bers, 70s child­hoods would have been a lot less ex­cit­ing with­out them.

She writes: “I loved the sus­pense of not know­ing what sweets were in them and get­ting a plas­tic toy. I also miss Sugar Mice and Cherry Lips.”

Back then it was as­sumed all girls dreamed of be­ing a princess, and ev­ery boy wanted to be Dick Turpin. So I used to swap with my brother and he rather en­joyed his sweetie bracelet, while I stuck Robin Hood stick­ers on my arms.

I’m not sure I want Sugar Mice to come back, though, as they were made from solid sugar and had to be nib­bled at for weeks. By the sec­ond month, the ini­tial thrill had defin def­i­nitely worn off.

Reader M Grealey in Liver­pool has writ­ten in with an in­ter­est­ing story to say Welch’s tof­fees were made by the ac­tress Denise Welch’s fam­ily in Tynemouth. In­deed it’s true and Denise, or “Truly Scrump­tious”, has tweeted about it be­fore. Fi­nally, an­other let­ter from Jonathon Tay­lor in Barns­ley, South Yorks, de­ter­mined to get his name in the pa­per, call­ing it Op­er­a­tion Moon­shot. Here you go, Jonathan, but no one re­calls an Op­er­a­tion Moon­shot sweet… Join our Bring Them Back cam­paign at siob­­nally@mir­

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