Otley Shop Heroes: Traditional Sweet Shop
Tel: 01943 462444
Otley's own Queen of mint imperials, proprietor Dianne Broadbent, reigns over her Empire of Poor Bens, pineapple chunks and acid drops and another 300 or so jars of sweets that stand floor to ceiling and line the walls of her sugary palace in Newmarket.
Kept next to her antique till, Diane's visitor book is signed by delighted customers from far flung parts of the globe such as Ontario, Sydney, Japan and Dishforth, all eager to lose themselves down a memory lane paved with cinder toffee and humbugs. Many of the Emmerdale cast regularly call in for a quarter of one of the two dozen varieties of liquorice always in stock.
A regular subject for university photography students, Dianne is happy to oblige in the hope that one day her thriving emporium would appear in a magazine and this became so in the pages of February 2011's edition of Vogue.