Candy girls hope for sweet tase of theatrical success

Former workers at one of Chesterfield’s biggest factories are playing a major part in the development of a new theatrical production.

Staff at the long-gone Trebor sweet plant have contributed stories about working life and relationships to the project.

Their recollections are the inspiration for The Candy Girls which will form one of the highlights of the new Chesterfield Community Arts Festival in May next year.

The production has been made possible by a £10,000 All Our Stories grant from the National Lottery and involves professional scriptwriters, actors and musicians working with the Pomegranate Playwrights Group and Pomegranate Youth Theatre.

Arts officer Carole Copeland, who is leading the project, said: “We decided to do this because of the new Waterways project. It was time to celebrate the legacy and to celebrate the transition into the new.”

Dawn Whitley, 47, of Tapton, who worked at the factory on the junction of Brimington Road and Infirmary Road for nine years, has contributed her recollections to the project and is also hoping to perform in the play.

She’s urging developers of the new Waterside project to honour the name of her former workplace. She said: “It would be lovely to call one of the roads Trebor Lane or Candy Corner so when you walk past you never forget the factory,”

Trebor workers can still contribute to the production of The Candy Girls. The team requires 25 blue overalls as worn by workers at the factory. If you can help, contact Carole Copeland on 01246 345215 or carole.copeland@chesterfield.gov.uk