4th May 2013
Top Picture: Pan Yan Pickle Jar
Bottom Picture: Cremola Foam
I have had several conversations over the last few months about a building we knew as Flint House in Lower Drayton. I understand that this was a colloquial name for the derelict building and that its real name was Marsh House. Unfortunately I have very little information on the place can anyone help. As far as I know there is only one picture of the house (below) which is of Anida’s mother and was taken between the wars.
What Happened to …….
Several months ago, in an email, Anida asked whatever happened to Pan Yan Pickle? Well I think I have the answer.
Back in March 2008 Pan Yan Pickle lovers started to rejoice after a secret recipe for this once popular brand of the relish that was thought lost forever was found in a workshop in Essex.
Production of this once-popular apple-based relish ended nine years ago. Hopes of a revival were dashed after the pickle maker - Premier Foods - revealed that the original and only copy of the recipe had been destroyed in a factory fire in 2004.
However Sheila Cracknell was stunned to come across the rare jar of Pan Yan Pickle - the spread of choice for thousands of Brits and a favourite addition to the traditional cheese sandwich or ploughman's lunch. Mrs Cracknell, of Great Maplestead, Essex, said: "My husband Leonard was a self-employed carpenter and he died recently. I was clearing out his very large workshop and there were screws and tools everywhere and then I found this jar. He had used it to store nails. I read the label and it said Pan Yan Pickle and I knew I had heard about that from somewhere. The label was in perfect condition and you could read the ingredient list perfectly."
Premier Foods launched a public appeal for anybody who had a jar of Pan Yan to come forward in 2008. The company, which acquired the pickle brand in 2002 as part of the Branston business, brought production to an end because of falling sales.
As the original recipe was destroyed in a fire in 2004 the Premier's pickle manager Jamie Crofts, said that they were not planning to make the pickle again so they never bothered to transfer the recipe to their technical database. The original recipet was literally on a piece of paper in a file so when the factory was destroyed by fire, the recipe went with it. The company had had the odd letter from people over the years asking for the product to be reinstated. But they didn't really start to take it seriously until Chris Evans talked about it on his Radio 2 show and then they were literally deluged with requests from consumers wanting the brand brought back. In fact thousands of listeners texted and emailed Chris Evans with their memories of balmy afternoons and picnics with sandwiches filled with the pickle and even though the recipe was lost appealed to Premier Foods to bring it back.
It took 150 fire fighters more than 12 hours to extinguish the blaze at Premier Food's factory at Bury in October 2004, Much of the building was wrecked - leading to fears of a Branston Pickle shortage over the Christmas period.
Pan Yan Pickle was first made by the Scottish firm Maconochies in 1907, in their factory in east London's Isle of Dogs. It quickly became a household favourite and was part of an era of food inspired by exotic spices and fruits which were being shipped through the West India Docks in the East End. Even the name of the pickle was chosen to reflect its Oriental taste.
Although not confirmed I understand that the original ingredients included Bramley apples, dates, sultanas, malt vinegar, soft brown sugar, Madras curry powder, salt and pepper. The manufacturers appealed to the general public to look and see if anyone had a jar that they could analyse and within a few days the firm had been contacted by 13 people. Some had full jars, some had empty ones and some had jars with a tiny scraping left at the bottom they were asked to send in whatever they had and they were be sent to the laboratories to find a possible match.
But there was no one in the company who has any idea what the pickle looked like or tasted like. So they asked the public for anyone who had a first-hand experience of Pan Yan Pickle to contact them so they can be invited to a tasting.
And unfortunately this is where the trail goes cold, I can find no more traces of renewed production of Pan Yan Pickle so maybe the manufacturers decided that to reintroduce the pickle was a non starter, unless you know any different!
Having investigated Pan Yan Pickle, whatever happened to Cremola Foam?
Stay in Touch
You have invited us to write of our last day at school. Although I did not go to your Manor Court, my lovely Carol did. I spent many many happy hours at the Manor Court Youth Club and attended the Friday night dances overseen by Bill Hudson..........who incidentally is still alive in his 90's and still a hearty old gent.
Well my last day at the Southern Grammar School was very very memorable....................I was expelled!!!!!!!!
I was in the Upper Sixth Form, a special class for those preparing for the Oxford and Cambridge Scholarship. An elitist group. I was eighteen years old, had a regular and close girl friend in Carol Winter and we were about to get engaged. My best friend John Bishop and I were regular smokers and we were standing at the bus stop in Tangiers Road, after school, sharing a Cadets, when we were seen by the head master. Himself a smoker and a hypocrite.
The next day, for me my last day at school, John Bishop and I were called to the headmaster's office. We were severely reprimanded for smoking in school uniform and told we were to be caned. John who was in the Lower Sixth and had still to take his A levels submitted to the cane.
I refused, I told the headmaster that at 18 years of age, with four distinctions at A Level in the last year's exam and a place at Emmanuel College Cambridge, it was inappropriate.
"Then you will leave my school"...........................so I did.
I went around to all my school masters and thanked them each for all the help and guidance I had received over the years. They did not seem to know what to say, in fact they could not believe it was happening. Only one of them gave me any encouraging words.........George Spraggs, my Applied Maths master. "Jonathan I would wish you good luck.........but I don't think you need it."
My name remained on the Honours Board in the hallway for my gaining a place at Cambridge, it remained there until it was removed when the school became a sixth form college years later.
I don't think this would happen today.
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