Son restores iconic 1970s Schofields lemonade truck in honour of his late dad

The iconic vehicles were once a common sight in the city of Liverpool in the 1970s and 1980s, delivering glass bottles of lemonade, cream soda and dandelion and burdock.

A man from Liverpool has painstakingly restored a Schofields lemonade lorry in memory of his dad, who worked at the factory.

Tony Morrison purchased the Bedford TK truck after his dad Kenny passed away. The iconic vehicles were once a common sight in the city, delivering glass bottles of cream soda and dandelion and burdock.

The restoration process has taken Tony around two years. He says that sourcing the truck originally was tricky, and finding parts for the 1970’s vehicle has not been an easy feat.

However, he hopes that the lorry, which is painted in the traditional Schofields colours of orange and blue, will bring back fond memories for the city’s people.

Childhood memories

Tony has teamed up with Cellar TV Productions to make a short film, sharing his childhood memories of the lemonade factory and journaling the restoration process of the lorry.

The Schofields factory was located in Everton, and from the age of six, Tony would accompany his dad to work, saying he felt like he was stepping foot in "Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory".

He said: "All the noises of the lemonade bottles, the sights you see, the smells, everything - it was amazing."

"Then we started going out in the wagons, the big Bedford TK’s, we delivered lemonade all over Liverpool."

"In 1982, my dad left Schofield’s and then with the Schofield brother’s permission, we took the lemonade all over Liverpool, door-to-door, and that’s where the people of Liverpool will remember it."

A new lease of life

As well as all the glass-bottled drinks that we can remember, Tony’s brought the lorry back with a twist; he’s also serving beers alongside the soft drinks.

Ultimately Tony would like to have a permanent home for the vehicle in Liverpool so that the people of the city can enjoy a slice of nostalgia and find out about the history of the once iconic trucks.