Shops taste for nostalgia

BUSINESSMAN Mark Davis is giving Dewsbury a taste for nostalgia.

Mark, 44, has opened the Old Sweet Shop in The Arcade and customers old and young are flocking to sample sweets from the past.

Big sellers include Spanish, kayli, Yorkshire Mixtures, Kop Kopps, Kola Kubes, midget gems, sherbert lemons and sweet tobacco.

Mark’s shop even boasts the biggest gobstoppers around, the size of pool balls!

Mark’s tiny shop is a throwback to a bygone era and locals are lapping it up.

“People say it takes them back and reminds them of when they were children,” said Mark.

“It’s lovely to talk to people as they come in with their memories. They say they haven’t had sweets like this for years. We have everyone’s favourites and if we don’t have them in stock I will try my best to get them.”

Mark’s shop is ‘olde worlde’. He even plans to start wearing a brown smock like Ronnie Barker’s character Arkwright in the TV sitcom ‘Open All Hours’!

“The shop is all about English culture and we proudly fly the union flag,” he said. “We live in a multicultural world but at the same time we can maintain our own culture.”

Mark sells his sweets in old measures and charges £1 a quarter for everything.

“I remember as a kid in Westtown going into Peace Brothers, this oldfashioned really dark shop where you could pick what you wanted.

“That’s what I wanted to recreate, a shop where a child can afford whatever is on the shelves.”

Sweets are served in paper bags and all customers leave with a cute carrier bag.

Personal trainer Mark, who also runs the Sports Gym in Batley, plans to launch a ‘tuck shop delivery service’ within Dewsbury town centre and also wants to stock speciality teas and chocolate.

Mark said he had been told there used to be a sweet shop in The Arcade and he would love to find out more about it.

Anyone with memories or photographs should call into the shop.



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BUSINESSMAN Mark Davis is giving Dewsbury a taste for nostalgia.



Mark, 44, has opened the Old Sweet Shop in The Arcade and customers old and young are flocking to sample sweets from the past.



Big sellers include Spanish, kayli, Yorkshire Mixtures, Kop Kopps, Kola Kubes, midget gems, sherbert lemons and sweet tobacco.



Mark’s shop even boasts the biggest gobstoppers around, the size of pool balls!



Mark’s tiny shop is a throwback to a bygone era and locals are lapping it up.



“People say it takes them back and reminds them of when they were children,” said Mark.



“It’s lovely to talk to people as they come in with their memories. They say they haven’t had sweets like this for years. We have everyone’s favourites and if we don’t have them in stock I will try my best to get them.”



Mark’s shop is ‘olde worlde’. He even plans to start wearing a brown smock like Ronnie Barker’s character Arkwright in the TV sitcom ‘Open All Hours’!



“The shop is all about English culture and we proudly fly the union flag,” he said. “We live in a multicultural world but at the same time we can maintain our own culture.”



Mark sells his sweets in old measures and charges £1 a quarter for everything.



“I remember as a kid in Westtown going into Peace Brothers, this oldfashioned really dark shop where you could pick what you wanted.



“That’s what I wanted to recreate, a shop where a child can afford whatever is on the shelves.”



Sweets are served in paper bags and all customers leave with a cute carrier bag.



Personal trainer Mark, who also runs the Sports Gym in Batley, plans to launch a ‘tuck shop delivery service’ within Dewsbury town centre and also wants to stock speciality teas and chocolate.



Mark said he had been told there used to be a sweet shop in The Arcade and he would love to find out more about it.



Anyone with memories or photographs should call into the shop.

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