Liquorice museum plans a step closer

A group met at King's Croft Hotel in Pontefract to discuss plans for a liquorice museum in the town. Chris Marshall, Peter Sanders, Herwig Vennekens, Tom Dixon and Sir Bill O'Brian. (P514E327)
A group met at King's Croft Hotel in Pontefract to discuss plans for a liquorice museum in the town. Chris Marshall, Peter Sanders, Herwig Vennekens, Tom Dixon and Sir Bill O'Brian. (P514E327)

Plans to create a liquorice museum in Pontefract have moved a step closer after business leaders and residents backed the scheme.

Almost 100 people attended an official launch of the plans at the town’s King’s Croft Hotel on Monday.

Christopher Marshall, former owner of Pontefract’s Wilkinson’s liquorice works, Peter Sanders, of Tangerine and Herwig Venneken of Haribo all spoke at the event and and gave their support for the plans.

Pontefract Town Centre Partnership (PTCP) has teamed up with Pontefract Groups Together to formulate the plans.

Sir Bill O’Brien, secretary of PTCP, said: “It was a marvellous event. We had 92 people attend and it was very encouraging to see them.

“Now we know we have the support of the people of the town and those in the industry we can press forward with our plans.”

The Express reported in April that PTCP had writtento Her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS) asking about using the former Pontefract Magistrates’ Court building, which closed in March, as a possible location for the museum.

The group has still to get a reply, but is pressing ahead with drawing up detailed plans for the museum.

Sir Bill said: “The critical part now is to get the premises and the first choice is the former court house.

“We will now be pressing for further information about the possibility of using it.”

The group also hopes to visit a museum at Haribo’s factory in Uzes, South France as part of its research into bringing a liquorice museum to the town.