Bak­ers win ap­peal

Coventry Telegraph - - NATIONAL - Gill Cocks from Glouces­ter­shire among her Cad­bury mer­chan­dise

THE Chris­tian own­ers of a bak­ery at the cen­tre of the “gay cake” case ex­pressed “de­light and re­lief” af­ter win­ning a Supreme Court ap­peal over a claim that they had dis­crim­i­nated against a cus­tomer.

Five jus­tices at the UK’s high­est court al­lowed a chal­lenge by the McArthur fam­ily, who run Ash­ers bak­ery in Belfast, in a unan­i­mous rul­ing in Lon­don.

The le­gal ac­tion was orig­i­nally brought by gay rights ac­tivist Gareth Lee, who was re­fused a cake with the slo­gan “Sup­port Gay Mar­riage” on it. A SWEET-TOOTHED Cad­bury fan is hand­ing over 5,000 pieces of mem­o­ra­bilia to the com­pany’s archives af­ter ac­cu­mu­lat­ing tins, boxes and mugs over 40 years.

Gill Cocks is pre­par­ing to part with six cab­i­nets choc­full of col­lected items – which even sur­vived a flood caused by the Beast from the East.

The col­lec­tion boasts some ex­tremely old and rare pieces, such as Richard Tap­per Cad­bury’s bi­ble from the 1800s, and some quirkier items such as a milk churn and mini-Cad­bury ve­hi­cles. Mrs Cocks said the com­pany be­lieves it is the “big­gest pri­vate col­lec­tion” of Cad­bury mem­o­ra­bilia in the world.

Af­ter be­gin­ning her search for the choco­latier’s mer­chan­dise in the late 1970s, Mrs Cocks said she feels it is now the right time to give it up be­cause the col­lec­tion has “got a life of its own”.

As a ges­ture of thanks for hand­ing her col­lec­tion over, the Cad­bury Foun­da­tion made a £5,000 do­na­tion to Mrs Cocks’s cho­sen char­ity, We All Mat­ter, which builds and strength­ens pos­i­tive and sup­port­ive re­la­tion­ships in Glouces­ter­shire.

The mem­o­ra­bilia will be cat­a­logued and dated at the Cad­bury archive in Bournville, Birm­ing­ham, and go on dis­play at Cad­bury World.

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