Sweets

Near where the Southside Shopping Centre is now, there used to be much smaller shops. In the 1920s, Gwen Copeland would earn money by doing the shopping for her neighbours, and then spend it in the local sweetshop.

There was a big box in the shop, and in the box there were envelopes. Inside each envelope was a slip of paper: "one ounce", it might say, "two ounces", "a quarter of a pound".

You'd pay a half-penny, then take an envelope - and the slip of paper inside would tell you how many sweets you got. Gwen remembers trying to pick an envelope out: "Then you could pick, always praying that oh, oh, I wonder if that's got an ounce, perhaps that one's got a quarter. Dithering, dithering. Now come along, come along Gwennie, Mrs Ward would say."

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Picture by Tim Spooner
Story source: interview with Gwen Copeland