Babycham Monday

Like Champagne for Little Girls!

When the IRA was bombing London and a couple of threats were called in to our school (The American School in London) we had to evacuate and so went to the pub nearby and tried, with the biggest platform shoes and the greatest amount of lipstick, to look old enough to order Babycham, Sparkling Perry.

Originally called “Champagne Perry”, Babycham was invented by brewer Francis Edwin Showering in Shepton Mallet, Sommerset, England.After the French complained about the use of the appelation Champagne, the name was changed to “Sparkling”.  Perry is an ancient alcoholic beverage made from fermented pears traditionally popular in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and parts of south Wales as well as in Normandy and Anjou, France. 

Despite its juvenile fawn mascot and name, Babycham made us feel like grown-ups even as the real grown-ups in our world were acting like children. 


4 thoughts on “Babycham Monday

  1. Hi Wendy,
    I also attended the American school of London in the 70’s. It was amazing. I am so excited to see the new Elton John movie as I was in the gym at ASL four feet from the stage . I was in 7th and 8th grade there. My older brother was in 12th grade, my sister 11th grade . We were there in 1973 -1974.
    I have been trying to find my old friends there but with everyone probably having new last times I have not found anyone.

    1. Hello Cynthia,
      Thanks so much for your comment. Fourth row! Lucky you. I was at both concerts and I’m also super excited about the Rocketman movie. I was able to find many of my ASL buddies on Facebook. There’s also a Facebook ASL group that you can join. I was class of 1978 – we lived in London from 1971 until 1976. Good luck and let me know what happens!

  2. Hi Wendy and Cynthia, I went to Elton’s concert at ASL as well. I was attending the American School in Great Yarmouth but had friends at ASL. I saw Rocketman last weekend!

    Speaking of BabyCham, my little sister had a bit too much ONCE! This was back in ’73-’74! I have such great memories from living in England.

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