Christening Bags 1958

Now there was always a scramble for the bag because inside the scone you would find a silver coin.

Christenings were great when we were kids because the parents of the kid would always give out a Christening bag.  It was a simple case if you got wind of one at a church, off you went to see who was getting done.  If it was a little girl, then the bag would be given to a boy and if it was a boy it would be given to a girl.

Now inside the bag you got a sandwich, which always seemed to be chopped pork or spam.  You also got a home-baked scone and sometimes a couple of biscuits.  Now there was always a scramble for the bag because inside the scone you would find a silver coin.  With being silver it would be either a tanner (two and a half new pence) or a bob (five new pence).  Once in a blue moon you found a silver threepenny bit (one and a half new pence) but these were quite rare but still spendable as they were legal tender of the day.  If you got the bag you were king, but if not, there was always another day and another church.

These were good times for one and all.  Sadly, this is another of the old-fashioned ways thrown away and forgotten about for I have never heard of them for years.

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