Looking for silly season food news? How about The Pavilion Theatre striking it rich with a lost stockpile of original recipe Irn Bru?
Stockpiling has been in the news this week with the government revealing plans to stockpile food and medicine in the event of a hard Brexit.
While this may be grim news, in Glasgow the discovery of a stockpile of original recipe Irn Bru has led to widespread jubilation.
Or rather it has on social media.
Since March, The Pavilion Theatre has been closed to the public after a fire devastated the adjacent Victoria’s nightclub.
Yesterday, staff who were cleaning the building prior to a relaunch opened a store cupboard and discovered dozens of cans and bottles of original recipe Irn Bru.
They posted pictures of stacks of the orange ambrosia and Twitter/Facebook went into melt down. One commentator even swore that he would get a plane back to Scotland for just one sip of the Bru.
Original recipe Irn Bru: the unicorn of soft drinks
In the light of a new sugar tax, Irn Bru manufacturers cut the sugar content of the fizzy drink at the beginning of this year.
Many fans of the old Irn Bru were unimpressed with the new formula and original recipe cans and bottles are said to be highly sought after.
On social media, people have suggested that The Pavilion have struck gold with their newfound supply of Irn Bru. One wag reckoned that they would be able to sell it at an inflated price to cover the cost of the theatre’s repair work.
Obviously, all of this should be taken with a large pinch of salt. Not too large obviously as salt is bad for you as sugar.
Full fat Irn Bru has not rocketed in value. Original Irn Bru is not the new Bitcoin.
In fact, a quick eBay search will reveal lots of original recipe Irn Bru for sale at reasonable prices.
However, there is something about the drink that encourages weird and wonderful news stories.
Perhaps it is Irn Bru’s irreverent advertising campaigns but it’s a brand which attracts oddball rumours and quirky tales.
Earlier this week, The Evening Times reported that someone was selling an empty Irn Bru can for a £3500 asking price.
The can was a special promotion packaging for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Since five million of the special edition cans were produced, the £3500 asking price seems a little ambitious.
We blame the hot weather.