Here is a copy of our first price list, printed by Clarks Printing Works based in Magdalene Street – they did a lot of general printing for us in the early days and introduced us to Clifton Studios in Bristol who later helped with publicity material. Some time after we had registered our trading name as “Glastonbury Prints”, I was told that the printing works used to call themselves by that name too!
So many people have helped us with our business over the years – was it Cyril Driver, of IMCO Plastics, who told us later about the Old Ciderhouse? And I think that Dudley Tremaine tipped us off regarding 5A, which we moved into in 1973. Dave Rockey also gave us good advice - and Roy Simpson of Palmer & Snell was very kind when we bought “Number 10” in 1975. There must be many others whom I don’t remember now.
With hindsight, I am glad we left Morlands when we did. At least we had the shop to fall back on when we (and Morlands) came unstuck in 1980/82. We didn’t actually go into liquidation, as we sold our house to pay off our debts, but I know that the trauma of Morlands’ bankruptcy scarred so many people; one or two members of the family who were involved at the time can’t bear to talk about it now. Years later we were in Cadbury Garden Centre, near Weston, when we were approached by a (younger) man. “Do you remember me? I am Colin Snow and I used to visit your shop sometimes as a sales agent. After you came on hard times, you were respected in the trade for paying off all your debts.” What kind words!