Call for ‘After Eight’ chocolate factory workers to help museum exhibition

​Date:03/01/2017

Ref: PR8447

Workers are being asked to share their experiences of the district's famous 'After Eight' factory - to celebrate 40 years of the iconic mint being made in Castleford.

Hundreds of people produced the confectionary in the technologically advanced Rowntree Mackintosh factory from the early 1970s until 2012.

The history of the factory and the sweet treat it produced will be celebrated with a display and community event in Castleford later this year. Museum staff are now asking former factory workers, or those associated with it, to get in touch to share their experiences and memories.

Cllr Les Shaw, Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Sport at Wakefield Council, said: "I am pleased that the story of one of the most famous mints, and the people who produced them will be recognised in this new exhibition.

"It is mind-boggling to think that over a billion 'After Eights' were produced in our district and enjoyed by people from all over the UK. Many of us remember the adverts which celebrated 'After Eights' as an essential part of a posh dinner party.

"So I'd like to encourage anyone with memories of their time at the factory, or with a story to tell, to get in touch with the museum staff."

The date for the display hasn't yet been set, but it is being organised by Castleford Forum and will take place in Castleford Museum this year.

People are being asked to share their stories by emailing Steven Skelley at slskelley@wakefield.gov.uk or by writing to him at Wakefield Museums, Wakefield Council, PO Box 700, Wakefield One, Burton Street, WF1 2EB. Or call on 01924 305820 or 07393 762059 (daytime).

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