CHESTERFIELD: Trebor factory workers inspire new play The Candy Girls

Former Trebor workers with members of the Pomegranate Playwrights Group and the Pomegranate Youth Theatre
Former Trebor workers with members of the Pomegranate Playwrights Group and the Pomegranate Youth Theatre

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

Former workers at one of Chesterfield’s biggest factories have played 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 - Tales from Trebor which will form a highlight of the new Chesterfield Community Arts Festival next month.

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 and has a cameo role in the play, has contributed her recollections to the project.

She is 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.”

Trebor workers can still contribute stories to a journal accompanying the script of The Candy Girls -Tales from Trebor, which will be staged at the Pomegranate on May 4 and 5. Contact Carole Copeland on 01246 345215 or carole.copeland@chesterfield.gov.uk

For a special feature on the play, including recollections from people who worked at Trebor, see the Derbyshire Times, publication date, April 18, 2013.