Masons Minerals The Plymouth Devon UK Soft Drinks Company Mason’s

Long Gone Plymouth Companies

I maybe showing my age and location…. But in the 70s and way before zero sugar! Existed in Cattedown Plymouth the Mason’s Minerals soft drinks company. Housed in a building just off Southside Street in Plymouth was a building that supplied Plymouth with returnable fizzy drinks from lemonade to Vimto!

I remember returning those bottles for 10p 🙂 Those were the days and it was recycling! I loved Vimto… although every kid in Plymouth seemed to be on a sugar high. A very dear family friend was the manager of this company and I remember him even giving us bags of sugar to help us out! 😡 Well they had forklifts full of it! And times were hard! Bless you for that!

I did a Google search for for this and found nothing so have started it here now!

I am sure as many reading this may reminisce about changes to their towns and cities and every so often you just realise that like the poem  There is no indispensable man.. (below). What can really be important in your childhood just disappears and the world moves on. After having a good turn out (as my mother used to put it) I found a rare program (booklet?) map and guide that came from a visit to Plymouth Zoo. That was replaced with a Skateboard Park in the late 70s (as the craze hit) then that was removed. I must get around to scanning that and uploading it. As whilst there are plenty of random family photos on Google images of Plymouth Zoo I dont think there are full catalogues page by page uploaded? I will have to check. But that I feel is an important social document that needs to be preserved. I do love looking at pictures of old Plymouth though.

For all of us who feel the world will remain the same!

Sometime when you’re feeling important;
Sometime when your ego’s in bloom;
Sometime when you take it for granted,
You’re the best qualified in the room:
Sometime when you feel that your going,
Would leave an unfillable hole,
Just follow these simple instructions,
And see how they humble your soul.

Take a bucket and fill it with water,
Put your hand in it up to the wrist,
Pull it out and the hole that’s remaining,
Is a measure of how much you’ll be missed.
You can splash all you wish when you enter,
You may stir up the water galore,
But stop, and you’ll find that in no time,
It looks quite the same as before.

The moral of this quaint example,
Is to do just the best that you can,
Be proud of yourself but remember,
There’s no indispensable man.

Make the most of your moment in life it is at least good that today every thing and everything is now filmed. Like Ricky Gervais said back in his podcast. I have a handful of photos of me as a child. I have like a hundred of me in the bath this week! LOL!

Have fun and happy days

Surfwidow