One lucky youngster will be given a sweet treat from a shop in Leyland – when they win a special Golden Ticket.
Andrew Dickinson, who runs Grandad Jim’s Traditional Sweet Shoppe on Chapel Brow, is creating his own version of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory experience.
“I watched the film over Christmas and it gave me the idea for the Golden Ticket,” he said.
“I’m going to hide a golden sweet, like an aniseed ball, in one of the 200 glass jars of sweets I have behind the
“I tip the sweets out into the trays when people ask for them, and so the golden sweet will fall out at some point, and that person will get the Golden Ticket. The prize will be to spend the day in the shop, trying all the sweets.
“The kids who come in are really excited about it. I think it’s every child’s dream.”
He added: “I have two sons, Jack and Harry, and they love that their dad runs a sweet shop, and I think other children would really like the idea of spending the day here.”
Andy opened the shop, which is named after his grandad Jim, who lived in Leyland all his life, in February 2012.
“A lot of people come in here and say it reminds them of something out Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” he said. “I don’t know why I haven’t thought of the Golden Ticket idea sooner really.
“I haven’t got a chocolate factory and Oompa Loompas, but I have got a sweet shop in Leyland, so this is what I can offer the children.”