The origins of ‘lubbly jubbly’

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From: Stephen Oliver, Churchill Grove, Heckmondwike, West Yorkshire.

FOR a long time now, I have seen, heard and read items about the TV series Only Fools and Horses (OFAH) which use the phrase “Lovely Jubbly”, which nags me just a little.

You included (Yorkshire Post, January 6) a small item telling us that there is to be a one-off episode for Sport Relief in March.

For those who do not remember the Jubbly, it was a fairly large, triangular, three-dimensional carton drink. In the 1950-60s, my parents had a sweets, tobacconist and newsagents shop in Beeston, Leeds and we sold the Jubbly both as a carton drink and also from the freezer as a large frozen orange lolly.

We sold hundreds and I can reveal that all the display material and posters actually used the phrase “lubbly jubbly” which was a simple, obvious and appropriate short catch-phrase.

I did consider asking my MP to raise a question about this in Parliament but I thought better of it. I only hope that David Jason and the writers of OFAH are made aware of this long-standing transgression and make me happy by putting it right in time for the episode in March.

A dog’s life

From: Jennifer Bookbinder, Cottingley Gardens, Leeds.

WITH regard to your front page article (Yorkshire Post, January 8) about the abuse of the slave by a callous family.

I noticed that the judge said that the man was treated horrendously badly, like a dog, also that they talked to him like a dog. No responsible dog owner treats their dog “horrendously badly” and if they do, they too should end up in court.

All dogs should be treated with as much kindness and compassion as we would treat another person.