'FIZZical!' - When yellow Corona vans delivered soft drinks to your door
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"Every bubble's passed its FIZZical."
That was the promise from those behind Corona soft drinks – a staple of life in Norwich up until the 1990s.
It was produced in south Wales, but distributed across the country, including to the factory in Mile Cross Lane.
The sparkling drinks themselves came in a range of flavours from Cherryade to Cream Soda and Orangeade – the predecessor to Tango which can still be found on shelves today.
People could go to the Mile Cross works to pick up the drinks, but a more famous sight around the city were the yellow delivery vans.
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One of those who drove the delightful drinks around the city was Ivan Colman, known affectionately as "The Corona man".
On our Norwich Remembers Facebook group, hundreds of people recalled the weekly deliveries made by Mr Colman and his colleagues.
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Dennis Sayer said he worked for the company for a few years in the 1950s.
He said: "We did all the Broads area, then Heartsease on Friday night and Saturday morning. We had the old swing top bottles back then. Happy days!"
Lynne Kingsley remembered being able to return empty bottles to the factory to get a few pennies.
She said: "We lived within a walk of the factory and, as kids, we used to take the bottles back and spend the deposit on sweets at a shop at the Boundary, while there was still a roundabout there instead of lights."
And Steve Brown fondly recalled getting a bottle of Cream Soda or Cherryade at the end of the long days delivering shoes his father had repaired in a hot Norwich summer in the 1960s.
That wasn't the only time the Corona soft drinks came in handy in a battle against the heat – the Mile Cross factory's acting manager Robin Harvey said demand had been "exceptionally high" during that long, hot summer on 1976.
The brand was bought by Britvic in 1987, who moved production to Lancashire and closed down operations at the plant in south Wales.
Around a decade later, the brand died out completely.
And in 2017, Britvic confirmed it would close its Carrow Works factory, leading to the loss of more than 230 jobs in the city.
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