Tom’s sweet story

Mr. Tom Dixon (Mr. Liquorice) with Denise Pallett and Kebir Berry who helped transcribe and compile Tom's new booklet entitled 'The Sweet Fifties'.
Mr. Tom Dixon (Mr. Liquorice) with Denise Pallett and Kebir Berry who helped transcribe and compile Tom's new booklet entitled 'The Sweet Fifties'.
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LIQUORICE expert Tom Dixon is launching a book about his time as a sweet factory worker in the 1950s.

Mr Dixon – a descendant of one of Pontefract’s largest liquorice-growing families – will release his story, The Sweet Fifties, at the town’s annual liquorice festival this weekend.

As the last apprentice liquorice boiler to be employed by Pontefract’s Wilkinson’s sweet factory – now owned by Tangerine Confectionery – Mr Dixon’s story centres on his time working at the Ferrybridge Road site. He said: “I worked in the factory from 1950 to 1957 and was the last apprentice liquorice boiler. There’s no such thing as that now. It’s about my life in the factory, the tricks the girls used to get up to and the pranks we used to play.

“Lots of people in Pontefract who worked there would love to read it. It’s nostalgia.”

Mr Dixon, 77, who still lives on the same farm in Knottingley Road where his family used to grow liquorice, will give a talk in Pontefract Library as part of the festival on Sunday (July 8).

The author has also toured the country giving talks on the plant, as well as appearing on television shows.

The book will be on sale at various stalls during the festival and when he gives his talk at the library.