Weekend Writing Prompt #270- Jamboree

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As a child, we could buy a Jamboree Bag for sixpence.
When you pocket money is just that or perhaps a shilling if you were an older child, it was good value for money.
Inside, you would find a host of sweets, be it the sweet candy cigarettes, fruit salad, blackjacks, jelly babies, liquorice torpedos, and a gob stopper if you were really lucky.
Blackjacks and fruit salad were four for a penny, and gob stoppers a penny each. You shared by sucking off a colour!


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I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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24 Responses to Weekend Writing Prompt #270- Jamboree

  1. I remember sharing candies by sucking off a color! Has such lollipops, too … LOL

  2. murisopsis says:

    And that is why I never wanted to share with my sister – I’d have my turn and then she’d have hers and in one crunch hand me the stick and run off!!

  3. Goodness you took me back with this – no wonder I have so many fillings!

    • Likewise! Happy days though……….. and we mustn’t forget the slabs of toffee with the little hammers. I loved liquorice toffee and treacle toffee the best, really sticky!!

  4. poetisatinta says:

    Happy Days! 🙂

  5. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Value for money 😊

    • It was in those days. Shops used to do ‘sweetie bags’ for 20p (what would have been four shillings) in the 90s
      but you had half a dozen chewy sweets as they were now a penny each, a handful of dolly mixtures and some fizzy jelly
      sweets. Hubby always liked sherbet fountains, but they’re not the same in a plastic tube!

  6. Bill says:

    All in the development of immunity with sweets to boot. Fun one.

  7. I’d forgotten all about them. Kids today don’t know what they’re missing! You also reminded me of sweet cigarettes – imagine those being allowed these days! My local sweet shop also had penny and halfpenny trays to choose goodies from…I must stop thinking back!

  8. Dale says:

    You’ve brought me down memory lane, Di. We had our local convenience store called Monaco’s and would get little paper bags of mixed goodies. You could pick and choose and I remember there being surprise bags, too. Gob Stoppers! We also had Jaw Breakers (same difference, methinks).

  9. Carol anne says:

    I loved fruit salads! They were so delicious! Gob stoppers now that brings me right back to my childhood!

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