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Goose grease 'waistcoat' Black Country cure for coughs

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 21, 2014

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FURTHER to the request for Bugle readers' old recipes of yesteryear, and for cures and ailments in Gail Middleton's column (August 14 edition).

One such cough cure we kids were given was a goose grease 'wescutt – waistcoat' and it comprised a dollop of goose-grease rubbed on our chests and covered with brown paper.

Another one was the hated Castor oil, and another was syrup of figs or 'surrup' of figs as our Ma called it taken with black treacle or molasses. I preferred it with bread and sugar or condensed milk.

Kind regards.

Fred Osborne.


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