Son restores 1970s Schofields lemonade truck to former glory in memory of dad
A son restored a 1970s Schofields lemonade truck to its former glory in memory of his dad who worked at the factory. Tony Morrison, 53, purchased an old Bedford TK truck after his dad Kenny Morrison died. He searched far and wide for a truck before finding the perfect one – and he’s fully restored it back to working condition as a special tribute to his dad.
Tony’s truck has also been painted in the traditional Schofields colours of orange and blue. Schofields lemonade trucks were a regular sight on Liverpool’s roads in the 70s and 80s, delivering favourites such as cream soda and dandelion and burdock to local households. The factory was located on Dalrymple Street in Everton and a six-year-old Tony was a frequent visitor.
Tony described his visits to the factory as feeling like something out of “Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory”. View nostalgic photos from your local area using our Memory Lane tool: He would often accompany his dad in his orange truck as he carried out his delivery rounds.
Speaking to the ECHO, Tony said: “When I was a kid, from about six years of age, I always went with my dad to the factory in the old lorry, delivering all over Liverpool. “Basically this place was like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. All the smells, all of the bottles clinking around and spinning along the conveyor belts, it was pretty magical.
“I remember looking up and saw people in white gowns, so I obviously thought my dad was taking me to the hospital or the doctors or something. But they obviously turned out to be the people creating the lemonade.” Tony’s dad died three years ago and the truck was an ’emotional task’ he undertook in tribute to his hero.
He added: “Everyone will remember the Schofields Lemonade truck that would go to all the doors in Liverpool. “I thought to myself ‘what can I do in his honour?’ I actually tried to source one of the original trucks and because it was so long ago, they’d all been scrapped. “I sourced a replica Bedford TK which they used, so from that, it’s been fully restored back to the Schofield colours and now the wagon is back to its former glory.
“I did it all myself and the truck is now parked up in my mum and dad’s front garden.” The restoration process wasn’t easy but after two years of stripping down and building from scratch, Tony is elated with the final outcome. He said: “It took me about 15 months to search for the van and I actually found one in Birmingham.
It’s a Bedford TK, which is what they used to have but it’s just a replica and it’s been restored completely. “I actually drove it back from Birmingham and it will only do 37 MPH so I got it back very slowly. It’s real old school and if you got on a mobility scooter that would probably go faster.
“I stripped it down to its last wooden bolt and restored it to what it looks like today. It took me roughly two and half years to do it.” Describing his enthusiasm for the project, Tony added: “It’s the passion, it’s the memory of it all.
Everyone in Liverpool who sees this now, it will bring them right back to the day, there’s no two ways about it. “There’s that many people who stop where the wagon is parked to come and have a look at it. “It’s on my mum’s driveway and she’s thrilled with it because it brings it back to her that my dad is still alive.
“My dad’s pictures are on the wagon so it makes her feel like he’s at home. “There’s all sorts of different things that come into my head and the memories always come back. The emotional thing about me doing this lorry, I feel as if my dad was with me doing it.”
You can purchase a copy here of the 64 page special packed with nostalgic photos and articles from your local area He added: “On May 4, I’m taking the truck to the Fazakerley Community Federation Centre on Formosa Drive. “They are opening a new food bank and I’m going down with the truck from 8am-4pm and we’re going to give out free drinks to the people that come.
“I would love everyone to come down and share stories of Schofields.”
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