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.


  1. I was and indeed still am not a fan of vimto, never really liked it. Not really much of a drinker of the alternative beer either, perhaps a couple of glasses of cider each week. Paul at Leeds in Yorkshire daily photography

  2. Never knew of it Chrissy. Thank you.

  3. Certainly an interesting piece of public art. We don't have anything like this in Toronto. I rather like it though. It's a bit quirky!

  4. Gosh they certainly spruced it up a bit from the last image you posted Chrissy, totally refreshed, sounds like an interesting (??) beverage.

  5. A huge bottle of wine for sure!Your picture is beautiful,

  6. How interesting to learn. Would certainly try. Please have a good Wednesday.

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  8. I saw it last Friday morning, when passing on the 09:50 Piccadilly to Llandudno train. Bottoms up!


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