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Monday, 01 September 2014

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Parting is sweet sorrow as Lorraine leaves Cockermouth shop

A new owner has taken over at Cockermouth Sweet Shop.

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GOODBYE MY SWEET: Lorraine Anderson-Cole, right, who is going to university, hands over the ownership of Cockermouth Sweet Shop to Julie Watson

Julie Watson, 41, of Quality Corner, Seaton, has taken charge of the Main Street shop from Lorraine Anderson-Cole, who has left to pursue a university course in public health and health visiting following on from her previous job as a nurse.

Julie, who runs her own graphic design company Giraffe Design, has been working for Lorraine for the past six months.

She is determined to drive the business forward.

She said: “I have helped Lorraine with things like branding and we have a really good working relationship. I can see the potential in the business.”

Julie will look to promote the sweet shop’s new fudge, which has just been accepted by the Lake District Hotels group for Christmas, with the possibility of it being used all year round if it is a success.

She added: “We will be reconfiguring the shop and bringing in new equipment and stock.”

Lorraine, 42, of Thackthwaite, near Cockermouth, said her university course would still allow her to be involved in the business.

She said: “I have had great fun, all my customers have made it worthwhile and there has never been a dull moment.

“I know Julie will push the business forward to the next level as there is always a place for a sweet shop in any town.

“People like to come here and the children’s parties we have here are really special.”

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