CHESTERFIELD: Free theatre tickets in return for stories from Trebor workers

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Former workers from a sweet factory are encouraged to share their memories as part of a project which has attracted a £10,000 Lottery grant.

Chesterfield Pomegranate Theatre’s Playwriting Group is one of the first in the United KIngdom to receive an All Our Stories grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The playwrights have teamed up with the Pomegranate Youth Theatre to celebrate a sweet part of Chesterfield’s history.

A project, entitled The Candy Girls, will collect and record the memories of workers at the former Trebor factory which was close to the Chesterfield canal and railway station and closed in 2005.

Some of the stories already collected have been turned into a play with music and will be performed at the Pomegranate as part of the new Chesterfield Community Arts Festival.

The Candy Girls - Tales from Trebor will be performed on May 4 and 5, with performances at 2.30pm and 6.30pm on the Saturday and 6.30pm on the Sunday.

Organisers are appealing for recollections from people who worked at the sweet factory. The first 20 stories they receive will be rewarded with a pair of tickets to see The Candy Girls.

You can write your story down and post it to the Pomegranate Theatre, Corporation Street, Chesterfield S41 7QD.

Stories can be emailed to carole.copeland@chesterfield.gov.uk.

Alternatively, you can call into the museum, which is open on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am to 4pm, and your story will be recorded by a member of staff.

The stories will be collected and put into a journal to accompany the script of The Candy Girls.

For further information, contact Carole Copeland on 01246 345215.