What cough sweets or cold remedy did you use to or still do take?

 

Sandy Max… I was in a church choir and imps were very popular before a service! Still use Vicks but I liked Tunes rather than the others (always the cherry menthol)

Josie Lawson… tunes, hacks,imps, vicks

Ian Quinnell… Used to crunch my way through bagfuls of Victory V’s. Think you can still buy them but the recipe has been changed to protect the health conscious

Alan Esdaile… My dad always had imps with him. Still use vicks. Tunes and Covonia I like as a lozenge. Used to have Lemsip but nowadays I prefer a slice of real lemon with a spoonful of honey in a hot cup of tea.

Dennis Torrance…  Hacks and imps victory v you had to be brave enough

Jack Nelson… I remember very clearly the menthol smell of Vicks. And I seem to vaguely recall trying one of my Nan’s ‘Hacks’. It seemed very strong to me then, and I didn’t ever want another.

Dave Nattress… All of these for cough/cold remedies – not sure if any actually worked and Victory V’s were torture + a hideously strong thing called Meggezones or something like that which I was also advised to try sucking before a gig to tone up the vocal chords. Tried a few times, and not sure it worked as well as getting half-slaughtered on beer. When very young my parents used to give my chest a coating of something called Goose Grease which was some unbelievably horrible greasy smelly stuff, presumably extract of Geese private parts. What about a few drops of Olbas Oil in hot water and sniff up the vapour. This was legal stuff!!

Mick Knights… A daily spoonful of cod liver oil and malt!!

Dizz Corinne Ryder… Still use Vicks and lemon strepsils.

Andy Pilkington…  Imps are now sold under name Nipits

Barry Newton… I think I was addicted to Victory Vs for several years

Mike Vawdrey… Different part of the country so maybe they were regional but how about Betty Plants ? Fisherman’s Friend is still on the market so far as I know – allegedly used by sundry opera singers of ancient days (Caruso ? ? ) to clear their vocal chords ahead of a performance. Used to be almost addicted to Victory V s – had to be the tablet type – think there was a pastille version but it wasn’t strong enough…

Dave Nattress… And of course, sucking on a Fisherman’s Friend could get you into a whole lot of trouble at one time!

Martin Richter… my dad got victoty-v’s on prescription !

Theakers advert 1965

Ian Mantel… The inventor of the throat lozinge died recently. There will be no coffin at his funeral

Harry Randall… What happened to Theakers? I used to go round to see Wendy Theaker as a 10 year old!

David Edwards… Vicks vapour rub

Tony Court-holmes… rum and lots of it . it works for me mind you if a had a broken leg i would drink rum

Maz Marriott… Can you still get victory v’s? They were great

Dave Nattress… Thinking about J Collis Browne produced a cough linctus reputedly half full of codeine or morphine. Little brown bottles less than 3 shillings each. Half a bottle made you forget anything let alone a cold or a cough.

 

5 thoughts on “What cough sweets or cold remedy did you use to or still do take?”

  1. All of these for cough/cold remedies – not sure if any actually worked and Victory V’s were torture + a hideously strong thing called Meggezones or something like that which I was also advised to try sucking before a gig to tone up the vocal chords. Tried a few times, and not sure it worked as well as getting half-slaughtered on beer. When very young my parents used to give my chest a coating of something called Goose Grease which was some unbelievably horrible greasy smelly stuff, presumably extract of Geese private parts. What about a few drops of Olbas Oil in hot water and sniff up the vapour. This was legal stuff!!

  2. Different part of the country so maybe they were regional but how about Betty Plants ? Fisherman’s Friend is still on the market so far as I know – allegedly used by sundry opera singers of ancient days (Caruso ? ? ) to clear their vocal chords ahead of a performance. Used to be almost addicted to Victory V s – had to be the tablet type – think there was a pastille version but it wasn’t strong enough…

  3. Thinking about J Collis Browne produced a cough linctus reputedly half full of codeine or morphine. Little brown bottles less than 3 shillings each. Half a bottle made ypou forget anything let alone a cold or a cough.

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