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Oldest Sweet Shop in the World sold to new owner

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At the beginning of 2020, media across the world covered the story of the Oldest Sweet Shop in the World in Pateley Bridge being put up for sale.

Owner Keith Tordoff MBE decided to sell the business to pursue his ambition to be elected as the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (PFCC) of North Yorkshire in the May election. However, the election was cancelled due to the first coronavirus lockdown.

A year on and the Tordoff family have sold the Oldest Sweet Shop and, with the PFCC election rescheduled for 6 May, Keith is standing as an independent candidate.

He is a retired police officer, bank investigator, successful businessman and community champion, who was awarded the MBE in 2018 for services to business and the community.

Keith said: “There are huge socio-economic challenges facing the police and fire services in the fallout from COVID. People in North Yorkshire can be assured that, if elected, I will work tirelessly with the Chief Constable, Chief Fire Officer, councils and Government to provide a safe place for them to live, work or if they are visiting.”

The Oldest Sweet Shop in the World has been bought by 23-year-old entrepreneur Ben Howie.

Ben is looking forward to welcoming customers back to the shop on 12 April and, in the meantime, is very busy sending out sweets ordered through the shop’s website at www.oldestsweetshop.co.uk

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