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NBENLM110817B1 - Thorntons Retired Workers' Association is celebrating 100 years of Thorntons

NBENLM110817B1 - Thorntons Retired Workers' Association is celebrating 100 years of Thorntons

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THORNTONS Retired Workers’ Association celebrated 100 years of their parent company with a party in Belper.

Founded in Sheffield in 1911 by Joseph Thornton, Thorntons opened a factory in Belper in 1948, before moving to Somercotes in the 1980s.

At the bash, at Nailers, were Joseph’s grandson Peter Thornton, and Peter’s cousin Michael Thornton.

They were presented with inscribed plates to mark the century.

A painting was presented to George Bellfield, who announced his retirement as chairman of the retired workers’ association, while Kitty Hackman received flowers for organising the party.

The party also saw a number of other celebrations — a 90th birthday for Frances Yeomans, a 75th birthday for Nancy McKinnon, and a wedding anniversary for Angie and Brian Capel.