Saturday, September 04, 2021


It's 10 years ago this month since a new business venture brought a taste of old Brigg back to the town centre.
Natalie Sankey opened her traditional sweet shop, on Wrawby Street, in September 2011.
We ran a preview under the headline Sweet Shop Taster, and a subsequent tape-cutting ceremony launched the venture.
A few days later, local resident Ken Harrison, who shared some early pictures of the shop he took 10 years ago, told Brigg Blog he had popped in to buy some toasted teacakes, aniseed balls, liquorice comfits and acids drops.
"There's always a queue," he noted. "I think the scales must be getting worn out..they're on the go continuously. I've volunteered to be Natalie's assistant and to be chief sweet taster, but she must have been very busy as she didn't respond!"
Immediately opposite Natalie Sankey's Sweet Shop, 'Goodie' Binns had operated a traditional sweet shop for decades into the 1960s, where local kids (and many adults) went to stock up with sweets stored in jars and weighed out into quarters (four ounces) on traditional scales.
Natalie's shop later changed hands. The aptly name Sweet Memories opened in February 2019.



September 2011: Betty Lewis cuts the tape held by Natalie, as Coun Nigel Sherwood looks on.