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 firstname.lastname@example.org