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Rock on, says Dudley Zoo, as old confectionery advert unearthed

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 16, 2014

Unearthed - the old rock advert at Dudley Zoo

Unearthed - the old rock advert at Dudley Zoo

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WORKERS restoring Dudley Zoo's Tecton Bear Ravine and Kiosk One h ave unearthed treasures from a bygone age.

Original 1937 script on the kiosk came to light when restoration workers peeled back decades of paint to reveal an original confectionery advertisement for Teddy Gray's rock. While over at the Bear Ravine's pit wall workmen discovered an enamel plaque from 1950.

Head of Media and Communications, Jill Hitchman, said: "We were excited to see the confectionery advert, particularly as we still have supplies of rock from the same manufacturer, Dudley-based Teddy G ray, who sold ice-creams and sweets from the site's two kiosks from the day the zoo opened in May 1937 until the 1980s when a change in health and safety regulations prompted their closure."

She added that the plaque would be put into the new Tecton Interpretation Centre, which is sited within the newly-restored Safari Shop, and tells the story of Berthold Lubetkin's architecture while the old advert would be restored.

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