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Ex-Thorntons chairman to unveil plaque celebrating the family business

Switzerland might be the chocolate capital of the world, but the UK was the birthplace of many big-name sweet brands such as Cadbury and of course Thorntons.
Peter Thornton outside of his ancestral home

Switzerland might be the chocolate capital of the world, but the UK was the birthplace of many big-name sweet brands such as Cadbury and of course Thorntons.

The original founders of the chocolate makers, set up as a family business in the early 1900s, will be honoured this weekend in Sheffield.

Ex-Thorntons chairman and family member Peter Thornton, along with lord mayor of Sheffield Dr Sylvia Dunkley, will unveil a blue plaque at the original home of the Thornton family, who once resided at 64 Fitzwalter Road, Norfolk Park.

Following this, Peter, who is also the author of Thorntons – My Life in the Family Business and one of the founders of the UK Family Business Alliance, will give a free talk at the Norfolk Park Heritage Centre.

Peter said he only realised his family’s link with the property after his book was published, and with the help of a reader, his publishers and the Hallamshire Historical Buildings Society, he paid his ancestral home a visit.

“It was a very moving experience for me to move around in the home where once my grandfather, whom I never knew, lived with his family - particularly my father William Norman and Uncle Joseph Stanley who were both very instrumental in starting and building the family business,” he said.  

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