It's fitting that this is written on a Sunday, for Sundays are the tale behind my favourite sweets.....
You know the kind of Sunday I mean............ exactly like today............... rainy, dull, boring for a child.............. it was thus the Sunday "Grotty Movie" afternoon was born.
After our Sunday roast lunch, Dad would take us down to a small newsagents that sold sweets by the quarter..... jars and jars of sweets.
My favourites were sherbet lemons, they lasted ages, and made my mouth sore, but I loved them!!! If I was in the mood for more instant gratification then my choice would be chocolate raisins or rainbow drops.... but really sherbert lemons were the way to go.
We'd take our little white bags of delight home, and tune in - probably to BBC2, to find some old ham of a black and white movie! If we were lucky ... and good, the sweets lasted through the film, if we weren't we knew we weren't going to be bailed out by any other family members.... each had their own white bag, and that was that!!! (We did share a little really!) Mum and I would often sit on the sofa and knit whilst watching/scrunching.
So, if we were doing this today what would we find.... Unfortunately, not really a true "Grotty Movie" on terrestrial TV (Mission impossible is on ITV, but that's not quite in the spirit of the theme!)...... but with the benefit of freeview...."The History of Mr Polly" with John Mills on More4 at 16:10 this afternoon............ sherbet lemon anyone???
(If anyone fancies sherbet lemons just the way they always used to be www.aquarterof.co.uk is a site you must visit!)