One Leyland youngster felt like he’d stepped into a dream when he won a Golden Ticket to spend the day at his favourite sweet shop.
Seven-year-old Ashley Jones followed in Charlie Bucket’s footsteps as he enjoyed his very own Willy Wonka’s Factory experience.
Ashley, from Marshalls Brow, won the chance to taste all of the goodies and help out at Grandad Jim’s Traditional Sweet Shoppe in Chapel Brow.
Owner of the shop, Andy Dickinson, had hidden a ‘golden sweet’ inside one of his many sweet jars behind the counter, and Ashley was the lucky one to find it when he ordered some ‘pick and mix’ recently.
He was then presented with that all-important Golden Ticket, and spent the day with Andy on Saturday.
Ashley’s mum, Wendy, said: “He really loved it - he was so excited.
“We knew about the competition and Ashley kept asking if the golden sweet had been found everytime he went into the shop.
“He normally goes to spend some of his pocket money on a Friday, and he really wanted to win!
“He was showing everyone his ticket when he got it.”
The Leyland Methodist Infant School pupil was also allowed to fill a jar up with his favourite treats to take home with him. “It’s a very big jar!” Wendy said. “I hope it takes him a while to get through it all.”
Andy said: “I’d hidden the golden sweet in the jar of pink mushrooms, which is quite a popular choice.
“I showed Ashley the stock room and he filled some of the jars up for me, and I showed him how to weigh the sweets out in ounces and quarters too.
“He was asking all sorts of questions about the business. He was really enthusiastic.”