We can’t remember the last time we saw a glue sniffer in the high street or at our local bus shelter. Have they died or are they now wearing suits with respectable jobs? Either way glue sniffing really was a noble art form that helped define the 1980s.
It was a glorious time when Woolworths had a ‘Pic & Nic’ section downstairs and the upstairs would contain a fine selection of industrial glue, all available at pocket money prices. When a tub of solvent could be brought for less than 50p and a BT payphone was on every corner in case of an emergency.
With no ID required Woolworths was the number one store for all your glue purchasing requirements. Eager YTS apprentices were on hand to make sure that you brought the exact glue for your big day out at the local squat or supermarket car park. There was also no 5p charge for plastic bag usage that helped keep glue sniffing finances affordable.
Unlike modern day drugs when you brought a tin of glue in the 1980s you knew exactly what it was you were buying. It’s chemical compound was formulated to a specific UK standard and this was important especially with regards to the inhalation. There were no nasty Eastern European chemical left overs in these glue tins such as the case with Spice drugs or low grade cocaine.
Britain’s favourite export of glue sniffing was copied around the world for countless generations to fry their brain cells whilst inhaling floor sealant from a bag.
With the world descending into chaos surely the return of the 1980s glue sniffer to our shopping centres would bring a much needed nostalgic boost to our hearts and minds.