Saturday, September 05, 2020


This family picture from the 1970s will bring back memories of a well-known Brigg town centre business.
It shows Pete Addison on his fruit and veg round - on this occasion calling at households on Central Square and East Parade.
Addison's - based at 46 Wrawby Street for many years - sold fresh fruit and vegetables, quality flowers for every occasion, confectionery and cigarettes.
Earlier, our family (and many others) received a similar service from veteran sole trader Mr Williamson. He had a smallholding/market garden off Grammar School Road, close to where the M180 flyover now stands.
Mr W. weighed out the spuds, carrots and other produce before your very eyes, using a set of old scales in the back of his vintage van.
He called at our house early on Friday evenings. We can't say for certain whether Pete Addison arrived after tea.
Note in the picture that there's a leather satchel over Pete's shoulder, containing the cash collected on his round. We recall that the LAWS pop delivery men used satchels for the same purpose half a century ago.
'Pop Day' - once a week - was cause for celebration among local children. Cyril not only dropped off two or three bottles of soft drink but also collected the previous week's glass empties to be taken back to the factory, washed out and used again.
A refundable deposit system encouraged customers to get the empties ready. Recycling is not a new thing in Brigg.