Peter Marshall

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28l23; Softee meeting in progress, Baker St area, 1981 - City Centre
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Still Occupied

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These two doors, next to each other I think down Baker St or Union St, one with a Celtic cross and its neighbour with a permanent 'Meeting in Progress' struck me as a mystery. The meeting was apparently still going on undisturbed around ten years later when I walked past. For years I couldn't decide what the name above the notice had been, though it was familiar. The letters 'Soft' remained, followed by the trace of an 'e' and another letter, perhaps a second 'e', and much later I recognised it as a part of the 'Mister Softee' ice-cream logo. This US franchise came to the UK in the 1960s and Massarella Supplies Ltd took a franchise in Doncaster through Lyons as Mr Softee UK. The door is numbered 2, with this crossed out by a rather fish-shaped daub of paint - or perhaps solidified ice-cream.


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