Posted: 22/11/2016 at 21:10
My brain has been sent into overload with all these fabulous memories!
I don't remember cardboard milktops, but I do remember the foil tops. We had Silver top (and if you were lucky, you had the cream that rose to the top). I was envious of my friend whose mum had Gold top (Channel Islands milk, I think). We saved the tops in big bags - for "blind dogs" I think it was. But at Christmas, we would make silver bells: 4 or 5 tops would be used per string of bells, each of which had to be put over a lemon squeezer and the thumbnail run down in the grooves. A piece of string would be threaded through each of the middles, with a knot in between to make a little tinkly Christmas tree decoration. (The cat loved them!)
Money back on pop bottles: I think it was in "d" not "p" in my day. The cheekiest boys would climb over the wall to the back of the local pub, and bring their booty round to the "Offy" to claim the money back. I know it was stealing, really, but we were in awe of their gymnastic ability and sheer cheek.
Uncle Mac on Saturday mornings: yes! Sparky and his Magic Piano. Pink Toothbrush/Blue Toothbrush. The Deadwood Stage. This Old House (Connie Francis). Where will the Baby's Dimple Be? And many more, of course.
Two Way Family Favourites on Sunday (Jean Metcalf and Cliff Michelmore) followed by Beyond Our Ken (which then became Round the Horne), Ray's a Laugh, Life with the Lyons, The Navy Lark. And then Billy Cotton's Band Show. Wakey Wakey!