Liquorice exhibit

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SWEET toothed history buffs can find out more about liquorice at an exhibition in Ponetfract.

A mini exhibition of liquorice memorabilia goes on display at Pontefract Castle Visitors Centre next week.

It acknowledges the town and the castle’s long connection to liquorice, which has been grown in Pontefract from the Middle Ages, and in the castle grounds from the 1660s.

Coun David Dagger, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member with responsibility for heritage, said: “Pontefract is one of the hidden gems of the district, and liquorice and Pontefract Cakes are at its heart, so it’s important that we promote this historic link between the castle and the small black sweets that the town gave its name to.”

Visitors to the castle can still see liquorice growing in the castle grounds, in the herb garden cared for by the Friends of Pontefract Castle.

It is open Wednesday to Sunday, 11am til 3pm, with underground tours at 3pm.