Old bottle find in clear-up

PUBLISHED: 02:01 17 April 2008 | UPDATED: 08:58 10 June 2010

A VICTORIAN-STYLE bottle was among a hoard of rubbish collected by a group of 30 hardy souls who braved the cold and wind to lend a hand in the annual Otter Estuary litter pick-up. The clear-up was a combined effort organised by AONB members, the Otter Va

A VICTORIAN-STYLE bottle was among a hoard of rubbish collected by a group of 30 hardy souls who braved the cold and wind to lend a hand in the annual Otter Estuary litter pick-up.The clear-up was a combined effort organised by AONB members, the Otter Valley Association (OVA), the Pebblebed Heath Conservation Trust and East Devon District Council.Eagle-eyed OVA member Annie Dent found a Victorian-style bottle bearing the inscription 'Fellows Syrup of Hypophosphites' among the rubbish.OVA spokeswoman Helen Tickle said: "Internet research revealed this as 'an excellent recuperative tonic' which was a lucrative business for James Israel Fellows. "In business with his father in St John, New Brunswick, Canada, in the 1850s, Fellows developed a wide range of remedies. He had moved to London by the 1870s and, with judicious advertising, developed a flourishing business in this treatment for bronchitis, influenza and tuberculosis. "How the bottle ended up in Budleigh Salterton, in the Otter estuary, will remain a mystery. Fairlynch Museum will be offered the bottle."Pebblebed Heaths Trust warden Bungy Williams said large amounts of rubbish were collected from the opposite side of the estuary and had to be transported back to the Lime Kiln car park by Land Rover. "On the nearside of the estuary, the wind strength made the job of filling the plastic bags quite difficult. It seemed that, at some stage, one of the several children who helped may well have taken off, if they were not well anchored into the mud!" he added. "After two hours of hard graft, the job was done and everybody trudged back to the car park laden with their various bags of rubbish, and we were met by the happy smiling face of the Streetscene man who loaded all the rubbish onto his wagon and took it away. "I pick up lots of rubbish on the commons but seeing all these happy people helping on this onerous task restores your faith in people.

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