Tuesday, 29 November 2011
Added vim to Vimto
The Vimto monument on Granby Row (Kerry Morrison, 1992) has returned! It was taken down in May (see: http://mancunianwave.blogspot.com/2011/05/vimto-monument.html )
for some landscaping work around the green space where it sits. The wood was rotten in places, and this refurbished version has either had a plastic coating added to the bottle or may be an entirely new one. The fruit beneath has certainly been painted.
Vimto was invented in Manchester by John Noel Nichols (1883–1966) as a temperance drink alternative to beer. Vim Tonic was its original name. It was a squash and later a carbonated drink, made of raspberries, blackcurrant, liquorice, herbs and spices.
Sadly, like other carbonated drinks, the modern day version would win few prizes for a being a healthy drink.