|When I scrapbook this story, I think I'll use a bit of this paper|
In those days, I had a friend, Claire, who conveniently lived right around the corner. we were always close when one of us came up with a cunning plan. Every other day, but twice on Saturdays. The plan I want to tell you about today required milk bottles. No, that's not strictly true: it required milk bottle tops. Because, as many of you will remember, those tops had a scrap value. They could be collected up and sold on for cash - a useful extra for charities. (Though I still wonder whether you actually would have needed a garageful to raise more than a few pounds).
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Anyway, our school supported Guide Dogs For the Blind, our teacher collected milk bottle tops, and we had a plan. We would, we decided, run a Fun Fair. It would be in Claire's garden, in the summer holidays and it would raise a shed load of tops because (here's the clever bit) - you would have to pay your entrance fee in - you've guessed it - Shiny. Silver. Foil.
We started to work fast. We had realised that if we wanted to take in a lot of foil, we had have to give our punters time to collect it. So we chose a date, drew posters and leaflets and put them through our friends doors; and then we pooled our pocket money and set off to buy the refreshments.
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And guess what? It worked! Claire dressed up as a Gypsy and told fortunes (5 bottle tops); and we talked an older boy we knew into sitting in a bath and having wet sponges thrown at him. My sister spent all her
money foil on this one. We had snacks, an obstacle course, I think, skipping races. Oh, I wish I had photos.
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And yet... maybe it's better I don't. It came from our imaginations; so that, in our young minds, it grew to the most amazing, magical, marvellous, travelling show ever seen on the face of the earth. And if we leave it in our heads, that's the way it will stay.
|...and I may very well put it all on a bit of this (all from SC's new State Fair line)|