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MEMORY LANE: Diss Museum’s charming sweet shop display

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To all Diss residents past and present - what are your confectionary memories of the town from years gone by?

The Diss Museum is putting together a display called Lost Sweetshops of Diss, with the help of the sole surviving sweet store in Norfolk Yard.

Museum curator Basil Abbott says they are keen to hear from anybody with recollections from the days of licorice, sweet cigarettes, bubble gum, Penny Arrow toffee bars and halfpenny chews, ahead of the display’s planned launch in mid-March of this year.

“From when I was a young boy, I remembered the heavenly sweet shops in the 1950s,” said Mr Abbott.

“I lived opposite Chapmans in Church Street and I have always had that emotive connection to these shops.”

Mr Abbott says he can recall at least nine former stores - contrasting with today’s one - including the Coopers on the Grammar School corner, the Bluebird Cafe in Stuston Road, the Uplands Stores, the Woolworths Pick ’n’ Mix and other shops on Heywood Road, Mount Street, St Nicholas Street and Denmark Street.

However, he suggests that people might remember others and has encouraged them to get in touch with their anecdotes.

Anyone interested in contributing to the museum’s display can write to Diss Museum, 11 Market Hill, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 4JZ, or call 01379 650618.

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