Gibson Women's Institute:

PUBLISHED: 13:38 26 October 2006 | UPDATED: 09:56 31 May 2010

At the October meeting, John Smith, an antiques dealer and collector, took members on a nostalgic visit of times gone by. John has collected antiques since he was a young boy and his first purchase was a record player which he bought for half a crown. He

At the October meeting, John Smith, an antiques dealer and collector, took members on a nostalgic visit of times gone by. John has collected antiques since he was a young boy and his first purchase was a record player which he bought for half a crown. He took it to the meeting and played a "78" to prove it was still in working order. John told many stories including the background to the word "codswallop". The story goes that a gentleman by the name of Hiram Codd patented a bottle for fizzy drinks with a marble in the neck which kept the bottle shut by pressure of gas until it was pressed inwards. Wallop was a slang term for beer and Codd's wallop came to be used by beer drinkers as a derogatory term for weak or gassy beer.The AGM, followed by a talk by Sue Pearce, will be on Thursday November 2 at 7.45pm in Abbey Lane URC. Sue will explain the role of youth workers. For more details call 01799 522826.

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