‘There are similarities between us’

Sir William O'Brien who is hoping to secure use of the ex-Magistrates court in Pontefract as the home of a Liquorice museum.

Sir William O'Brien who is hoping to secure use of the ex-Magistrates court in Pontefract as the home of a Liquorice museum.

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Community leaders bidding to create a liquorice museum in Pontefract are planning a visit to a similar attraction in France.

Members of Pontefract Town Centre Partnership (PTCP) and Pontefract Groups Together are planning to visit Haribo’s liquorice museum near its factory in Uzes, France, later this year.

They hope it will help in the development of a museum dedicated to the sweet in Pontefract in the town’s former magistrates’ court.

Sir Bill O’Brien, secretary of PTCP, said: “Haribo in Pontefract has put us in touch with Haribo France and we’re hoping a group of six to eight people from Pontefract will be going to see the museum in Uzes later this year.

“There are a lot of similarities between the towns – it has the liquorice link and a castle, so we’d like to explore the possibility of twinning to establish a closer link.”

Plans for the museum have already won the backing of the town’s confectionery manufacturers, along with local residents.