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Old crisp packet discovered intact near Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 14:55 22 February 2018

The crisp packet, which is believed to date back 40 years, was found in a hedge near Venn Ottery.

The crisp packet, which is believed to date back 40 years, was found in a hedge near Venn Ottery.


A winter walk turned up a tasty find in the form of a crisps packet from more than 40 years ago.

Judith Taylor discovered the item buried in mud in a hedge in Venn Ottery and believes the Smith’s packaging could date back to the 1970s.

The ready salted crisps cost three pence and featured a ‘Football For All’ competition which gave buyers the a chance to win a jet trip to an international game, as well as a free poster.

Judith says she often picks up rubbish on her walk and, after noticing the logo, washed the packet in a nearby stream and took to social media to find out what era it may be from.

Author Jo Earlam shared a picture of the packet and reminded people about the importance of plastic waste on her Tuamor the Turtle Facebook page.

Jo said: “Hopefully, whoever threw this away is now a grown-up-tall-person with their own litter bin, and sense of responsibility, instead of using our planet as a dustbin.”

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