REFRESH YOUR MEMORIES Archive

We love a bit of nostalgia! It's just that, well, life used to seem simpler back then, and nothing beats a little trip down memory lane to those happy times.

That's why we've developed The Refresh Your Memories Archive... a great place for you to share the things you remember about your childhood, and to enjoy the family memories of others.

What we really want to know is what memories come flooding back when you enjoy a Ben Shaws soft drink. Perhaps a can of Cream Soda brings back a trip to the seaside in your Dad's Ford Capri, or maybe a glass of Bitter Shandy reminds you of a street party for the Queen's Silver Jubilee. Whatever memories you hold dear, share your words and pictures with us here.

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Thursday 14 November 2013

Iam sat in a hotel room in Grand Junction Colorado drinking Cool Blue Gatorade and i just said to my wife this tastes just like space special,She looked at me dumbfounded,memories of my childhood have just come flooding back.

John Armitage, Grand junction Colorado US

Saturday 9 November 2013

When did Ben Shaw become involved with Cognac i have a small corked bottle i found in the attic. The label says Genuine Old Cognac Brandy, Bentley

Geoff Davies, Huddersfield

Tuesday 29 October 2013

Space Special was the best drink ever, such a pity they stopped making it :( Another firm favourite was yellow lemonade smile

Danni England, Huddersfield

Monday 21 October 2013

I remember when Ben Shaws did bitter lemon(south sea lemon I think it was called), I haven't been able to get it in a long time!! Not sure if you can still get it. I used to drink a lot of it,

Alistair Armitage, Stockton-on-Teea

Wednesday 16 October 2013

i can remember drinking ben shaws sun charm soft drinks out of really small little glass bottles as a small child in the early 80s-they tasted great and were always bought for me over the likes of coca cola as the prices were exellent....i remember mum and dad telling me that....as a bottle collector i would love an empty late seventies or early 80s ben shaws bottle for my collection!

andrew varndell, pontefract

Tuesday 15 October 2013

does anyone remember cremola foam?

Franki, Buckinghamshire

Wednesday 9 October 2013

My mum Tina shaw has a picture of Ben shaw and his wife she says he's my great great great grandad my grandad was Joseph William shaw who origanly had that portraits I wonder

Scott shaw, West Yorkshire

Saturday 7 September 2013

My mum is from Yorkshire and we used to go and stay with relatives and they always had yellow lemonade and dandelion and burdock. Just found a shop stocking Ben shaws today in Inverness and was delighted to show my daughter and let her try some. Shame you don't do the yellow lemonade any more that was my favourite.

Lauryn Ross, Nairn

Saturday 31 August 2013

I used to love it when the pop man came round on Fridays. dandelion

richard matthews, Huddersfield

Friday 30 August 2013

I grew up in Salford lancs, and our local corner shop only sold ben shaws mineral, my favourite was grapefruit crush and the mini bottles of space special with a screw top, I think there was a picture of a boy or a space ship on the label, my mum used the empty bottles as a rolling pin when baking, happy days, bring back grapefruit crush, please

mjp, howe bridge

Friday 19 July 2013

Yellow Lemonade, was the top of the tastes to me as I grew up in Huddersfield. I think it should be re-introduced

Neville, Salisbury

Sunday 14 July 2013

grapefruit crush was the best , green cream soda i remember as a child i was born and bred in huddersfield and go back often for the yellow lemonade

maggie stanford, weston super mare

Thursday 11 July 2013

I was brought up in Halifax West Yorkshire I use to love the cream soda when I was little mum use to get it me every week off the pop man a few years ago I got hold of a bottle when I opened it the smell took me back 25 years it was quiet emotional I would love to get hold of another bottle of that x

Kelly Hodgson, West Sussex

Wednesday 19 June 2013

Bunting flying, food piled high, everyones table was out in the street straining under the weight of sarnies and cakes and big bottles of Shandy... West Ham United have won the FA cup!

Debbie OLoughlin, East London

Tuesday 18 June 2013

I always remember my grandparents who lived in holmfirth getting an assortment of flavours from the coal man every week. Fondly remember yellow lemonade. Recently found cream soda in tesco. Went mental, wife went mental, happy memories!! Almost fifty! Lee, born Holmfirth, Huddersfield, living in Essex

Lee, Currently Essex

Monday 17 June 2013

Space Special was the best pop in the world ! I grew up in Yorkshire and my friends and I absolutely loved how it even TASTED bright green . If you bring back this flavour, I will come back from Montreal, gather my friends and we will drink Space Special on the swings together upside down !

Rachael, Montreal , Quebec Canada

Wednesday 5 June 2013

i grew up in huddersfield and remember glass bottles of yellow lemonade with rubber stops,small tins of pop that you had to puncture with a tin opener as no ring pulls in the early 60s i think the tins had a diamond shaped pattern on them. we always had bottles of lemonade and dandelion and burdock in the house and i think you got money back from the empty bottles. when i moved away i once got a crate of yellow lemonade as a christmas present. x danielle

danielle musson, carlisle cumbria

Sunday 26 May 2013

I remember space special used to love it as a kid! it was bright green and i think me n my mates used to buy it to try and guess what flavour it actually was ha ha.It was about 20p a bottle too!! god i feel old lol

Lisa, Leeds

Thursday 23 May 2013

Space Special !!!!

Stephen Rogers, Huddersfield

Thursday 23 May 2013

Living in dalton,huddersfield in the 50's we would spend our one shilling and sixpence on sweets and a bottle of shandy gaff and at Christmas time go off carol singing and with the money we would buy fish n chips and a bottle of suncharm from the chip shop on long lane ,moldgreen .

Raymond hayley, Tunbridge wells

Saturday 13 April 2013

Drinking Ben shaws cream soda till you couldn't take no more. Im drinking it right now infact... and im suppose to be doing my homework

Sophie, Manchester England UK

Wednesday 3 April 2013

Space Pop!

James Sammon, Manchester

Friday 29 March 2013

Every Sunday I used to go to the car boot with my cousin. Pocket money would go on bric a brac, sausage sandwich and a cold can of Ben Shaws Cream Soda. Good time smile Rebecca Johnson Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Rebecca Johnson, Chesterfield

Saturday 23 March 2013

I remember the popvan coming around in the summer and we would run out and get a couple of bottles of Lowes Dandelion and Burdock and the American cream soda. Lush.. But things just donĀ“t taste the same today ? :(

Alan, Denamrk/Germany

Wednesday 20 March 2013

My folks ran a grocers shop in Ravensthorpe, we stocked a full range of good old Ben Shaws. I remember there used to be loads more. The amazing colour and taste of Space Special! Also loved yellow lemonade. Kids used to love bringing back the bottles for the 10p refund and spending them on penny sweets.

Goldsmiff, Leeds

Wednesday 13 June 2012

Sadly two of my favourites aren't around now, we used to go to the green grocers in Hillsbrough and mum would let me chose which bottle of pop we were having, it was normally Grapefruit Crush or Ginger Beer. Sadly no longer available . Melvyn, Sheffield

Melvyn, Sheffield

Monday 28 May 2012

English fish and chips and a glass of Dandelion and Burdock pop. My favourite memory from the 70's while visiting my Grandparents in Elland, Yorkshire.

Adrian, New Brunswick, Canada

Saturday 26 May 2012

As a kid, during our summer holiday, my mum, dad, sister and I would leave our home in the north of British Columbia, Canada and head to Lindley, Huddersfield to spend the summer with my mum's family. As soon as we's arrive my uncle would head down to the chippy and soon we'd be sat around the table with greasy newspaper and small glasses of Ben Shaws lemonade. My cousin, sister and friends on Stanley road would spend the sometimes hot, sometimes wet summers running around the reck by the clock tower and running up to the shop at the top of the road for sweets; a bag of humbugs for grandpa stanley, a Bounty bar for gran and a bottle of Ben Shaws yellow lemonade were always on the list. In a couple weeks, my wife, son and I will be heading Huddersfield from our home in vancouver to visit my sister who moved there. I came across your website because its on my is of things my wife needs to taste. the list also includes proper yorkshire fish and chips, a pork pie and a 99.

Sholto Scruton, Vancouver, Canada

Wednesday 23 May 2012

I just drank a can of ben shaws bitter shandy and the taste took me back to the 60s in Bolton when my mates dad bought us both a can of bens shaw after we finished playing cricket with an old 5gallon drum as the wicket and one cricket bat between us (you had to leave it on the ground before you ran) my mates dad with his sleeves rolled up and no collar on his shirt smoking a woodbine as he bowled oh such fond memories when simple things gave us pleasure and ben shaws was part and parcle of my childhood that I just took for granted thank you ben shaws for bringing a tear to my eye

Ged Preston, chichester

Sunday 20 May 2012

My childhood memory is of drinking Ben Shaws Yellow Lemonade whilst growing up in Huddersfield some 45 years ago. Having moved to South Africa, we returned to Yorkshire on holiday recently and I have tried to locate this in a number of outlets. People seem to think that it is still being manufactured, but no one seems to know where to purchase it! Have you discontinued this line - I really do hope not!!!

Val Whitley, UK at the moment - normally South Africa

Friday 13 April 2012

Golden Lemonade and searching for the bottles to take back to shops to get the 10p deposit back. They were the days. Bring back the golden one/yellow lemonade.

Adrian Morgan, Exeter, Huddersfield Previously.

Wednesday 4 April 2012

Going into our local chippy in Liverpool in the late fifities with an old sixpence for my bag of ships (I couldn't pronounce chips) and getting a free bottle of Cream Soda from Good old Mr Mac.

Sue Davey, Southampton England

Thursday 1 March 2012

Yellow Lemonade, Iron Brew and American Cream Soda - Why were these drinks discontinued?!!! They taste so much better than many of the top leading brands... Please bring them back!!!!!

Ross Gibbs, Fartown, Huddersfield

Wednesday 8 February 2012

Best drinks ever

Nasir chaudhry, London perivale

Sunday 5 February 2012

the space special drinks were my favourites. looked forward to friday night chippy teas with a space special. Fetch it back pleeeeease

paul g, stockport

Saturday 22 October 2011

I was born in Gidea Park, Essex and in the fifties the lorry came around each week delivering the bottles of 'pop' or going to the shop at top of the road and returning the bottles for the deposit money. An even greater memory is the beaker of lemonade at the victory party in 1945 and a bowl of ice cream which had been kept cold in an old butler sink filled with water.

Beryl Beal, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

Saturday 16 July 2011

I am 60years old and evry week (holdays apart) for the last 40years my brother and I have played squash for the same bet. The bet has always been a bolttle of Ben Shaw's yellow lemonade..nothing else will do! It has to be yellow and it MUST be Ben Shaw's. The reason for such a strange yet specific bet is that going back 50years our parents bought us one bottle of Ben Shaw's yellow lemonade every Friday to last the week...if you drank it in one day or made it last all week it did not matter...but you didn't get another bottle until the following Friday! How things have changed but the weekly bet relives the memory!

Rob Fletcher, Skelmanthorpe, Nr. Huddersfield

Saturday 16 July 2011

I have blogged my Ben Shaws memories.... http://tfgrobfletcher.blogspot.com/2011/07/ben-shaws-soft-drinks-my-memories.html

Matt P, Lincolnshire

Tuesday 21 June 2011

SPACE SPECIAL!!!!!! The ultimate kids drink, and it was green!! Simply stated 'mixed fruit flavour soft drink' on the little 130ml bottle. I used to work at Suncharm and was sad to see this childhood taste of the 70's phased out. The 'SUPERSPACE' range were good too, a plastic can with an aluminium top.... very spaceage at the time!!!!!!!!!

Martin Sykes, Holmes Chapel

Thursday 28 April 2011

When I was little we went from Fife in Scotland every year to stay with my Grandma and Grandad in a little village called Burniston outside Scarborough for two weeks during summer school break. My fondest memory was when Grandad took us to the local pub for a Dandelion and Burdock and a packet of cheese and onion crisps,those were the happiest summers ever. Pity things have changed so much.

Susan, Buckhaven

Thursday 24 February 2011

Ahhhh, the ubiquitous Ben Shaws from a few decades ago! My memories are from the mid-to-late 70s and early 80s, a time when those lovely labels with the diamond pattern and oh-so-contemporary colours were usually found in chippies all over Bradford. I guess they could have been found further afield but our 'sophistication' back then meant we rarely went to Leeds!! Every 3rd Sunday meant a trip to Gran's in Queensbury where meat & 'tata pie and mushy peas were on the go. When the men went to the pub, my sister and I would wait for the moment we were told we could bring a bottle of Ben Shaws' Yellow Lemonade out of the cold cellar, up into the hot and steamy kitchen. The bright colours of the label, the golden liquid inside and condensation forming on the outside of the freezing bottle in the hot kitchen was essentially like a mini-Christmas morning sensation as the anticipation was almost too much to bear! It wasn't just a drink of 'pop' - it was a ritual and a treat. I've attached a picture taken a few years ago of exactly the location where those bottles were to be found & funnily enough, there were a couple of bottles of veg oil put there by my grandad - who's still alive at 95! What I'd give to just see the labels again from those heady days!!! Anybody??

Richard Alexander, Doncaster

Thursday 9 December 2010

Never mind Green Cream Soda I loved the Strawberry Cream Soda, It was lovely and bright red and it tasted much better than the American stuff, I also used to by 1d(one old penny) drinks at the local shop (called Shanleys on Featherstall Road), which were basically a small sherry glass full to the brim. If you were well off you could by a 3d (Thrupence!) drink which was a plastic cup full. I never had enough for one of those...!

Ian Coverley, Oldham

Sunday 5 December 2010

I remember well the schoolyard bell, that started off the day, my mothers face, the teachers case and all the kids at play. The fizzy pops, the corner shops and all the cowboy games, my school gray shirts and all my hurts, all those childish names. The local station, sweets on ration and even fry's five boys, my comic papers and my capers all my wonderous toys. The populer fads, local lads and all the cinemas, my one eyed cat, signed cricket bat and the trolley cars. That pal named bill and the thrill of games in the local park. My childish tears and the fears of shadows in the dark. I remember well the schoolyard bell and many things beside, my memories all they rise and fall with every passing tide. I must have writen this 40yrs ago and your pop brought it all back. Thanks.

Peter Little, Northumberland

Monday 8 November 2010

I remember space special and it was indeed my most favourite drink to go with chips, sausage roll and gravy. Bring it back.

Russell Ellingworth, Austria

Saturday 9 October 2010

The pop man in Siddal that used to deliver to my Grandma, or as a young child taking the big empty bottles back to the local greengrocers and spending the deposit on another bottle of Ben Shaws. I loved the green American Cream Soda. My favourite drink from my youth, I never cease to be disappointed whenever I buy cream soda hoping for that Ben Shaws taste. Please Bring it back.

Michael Spencer, Preston

Wednesday 15 September 2010

Getting a bottle of Dandelion and Burdock from the village chippy. Fish and Chips don't taste the same without it...

John Smith, Darlington

Monday 13 September 2010

There used to be a shop in milnsbridge where the owner would sell you 1 penny glasses of ben shaws drinks.We would walk home and save our bus fares to spend there.Yellow lemonade was awesome.

Frank, London

Thursday 22 July 2010

Green cream soda it was so good i still search for it now.

Thomas Rance, UK

Thursday 22 July 2010

I always remember being at my aunty's in siddal, halifax. in the 50's when the chap used to come round with all the "pop" on his horse and cart.It was the yellow lemonade that was my favourite-where is it now ?

Angela Whitworth, Llandudno

Thursday 1 July 2010

Drinking bottles of green Cream Soda on the beach and seafront of Whitby during what seemed like an endless summer probably around 1974-5. I was probaly about 9 or 10 years old and have never forgotten the colour or the tatste!

M. Kinrade, Isle of Man

Wednesday 16 June 2010

My parents every October used to take us to visit some friends of theirs who lived on the coast in Filey. As a child, I was particularly annoyed that it was always bitterly cold and yet I was forced to walk along the lifeless promenade regardless. Why can't we come in summertime?, I used to sulk. To keep me quiet my mum would always treat me to a can of Ben Shaw's Dandelion & Burdock - my absolute favourite. A seemingly odd choice for a cold day, but it never failed to cheer me up! Now when I take my children to Filey (in the summertime!) I always treat them to the same. They love it as much as I do!

Laura Everitt, Huddersfield

Sunday 13 June 2010

I remember when I was at school I loved my dandelion and burdock and still do I think it is the best drink going and my mom likes it to. Its great. Thank you. I do come from Halifax West Yorkshire but came down here in 1976.

Margaret Linda Jones, West Midlands

Monday 31 May 2010

Fish and chips (with bits), lots of salt and vinegar, a little wooden fork and a Ben Shaws shandy! Can't go wrong with that!

Neil Trotter, Cheshire

Thursday 27 May 2010

I remember fish and chips on Cromer beach with a can of cream soda to wash it down with!! I've never found another brand that tastes as good as Ben Shaws!

Baz, Leicester

Wednesday 3 February 2010

Every trip to my grandparents in the 1950s and 1960s was guaranteed to result in a glass of Ben Shaws lemonade. How come there is now no mention of its origins in Huddersfield.

John G Benson, Huddersfield

Thursday 21 January 2010

Space special! It was a green drink sold in small glass bottles and i am struggling to find people that remember it. Also i can't find a picture anywhere online.

Antony, Honley

Thursday 24 December 2009

The Ben Shaws man used to round on the milk float selling big bottles of Ben Shaws drinks. You put your order in and the following week he would collect your empties and deliver your fresh Cloudy Lemondade, D&B, Iron Brew etc

Mark Outram, Rochdale

Saturday 21 November 2009

BenShaw`s Dandelion & Burdock and Seabrook Crisps take me back to my childhood in the 50`s , living in Bradford and later on, Huddersfield. Both have a unique taste and I`m so happy to hear that I can retrace my memories of childhood again; of haymaking lunches, picnics in the Dales and seaside trips to Blackpool and Scarbrorough. Thank you for bringing back a bit of my past .

Sue Davids, Surrey

Wednesday 18 November 2009

My memory is sasperella from being a child to working in your cash and carry and wondered if it was still available for purchase?

Steve Dickinson, Dewsbury

Friday 24 July 2009

I use to work at the willow lane site as an electrician,yes they certainly were happy days for me. My favorite drink was rhubarb flavored spring water couldn't get enough of it. Everyone helped each other right up to the Shaws themselves. I started with them in 1993 until sadly the factory was sold. Now at the end of this month i retire at the age of 66years.

Stuart Jones, Skelmanthorpe