When I was a kid during the Sixties there was a shop near my first school in Ashton on Ribble called the Penny Shop.
I've no idea if that was its real name but that's how I remember it.
It was crammed with glass jars of sweets stacked in lines on shelves. There was a big massive till on the counter too. For the life of me I can't visualise the shop owner at all. That memory has dissolved like kali in the rain.
What I do recall is asking for a penny mix!
A penny mix was a loose paper bag into which went various sweets and toffees you chose from the jars. My favourites were:
- Fruit Salad in their orangy red wrappers
- Black Jacks in their black and grey wrappers
- Coward and Bowser toffee chews, which I think were in a green and white wrapper with a thistle on?
- White Chocolate Mice
- Sweet Bananas
- Chocolate Caramel Sticks
- Anglo Bubbly
- Liquorice wheels
- Liquorice Pipes
I'm sure there were more but that's a few bags' full there! Whether each full bag was a penny or each individual sweet escapes me but by gum they were damn fine at the end of the school day!
Did you have penny mixes readers?