Aireborough Historical Society

Butter Tokens 1973/75

Butter Tokens
Date January 1975
Location Guiseley
Photo ID
P030 + P031 + P032 + P044 & P045
Issued to Tom Barker of Guiseley, each token was for 6p off a half pound of butter.
Great Britain had become a member of the European Economic Community or Common Market in 1973.
Over production of dairy products in Europe led to a surplus of 152,000 tons of butter which needed to be disposed of.
These concessionary tokens were issued in Britain but most of the butter was sold to Russia eventually, a move which cost the EEC millions of pounds.

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