Peter­head man sell­ing Mars bar – from 1996

Sweet find

The Press and Journal (North-East) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID PROC­TOR

A Peter­head man has se­cured a le­gion of on­line fol­low­ers after putting a decades-old Mars bar up for sale.

Wil­liam Knight dis­cov­ered the con­fec­tionery, which has a sell-by date of Fe­bru­ary 1996, while he was putting away Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions in the loft of his Raasay Road.

The treat was dis­cov­ered in a box along­side a com­mem­o­ra­tive tin of Cad­bury’s choco­late mark­ing the Queen’s coro­na­tion in 1953 and a col­lec­tion of coins.

“Within around half an hour I had 800 hits and lots of mes­sages”

Just for a laugh, Mr Knight de­cided he would try to sell the choco­late bar and posted a cheeky ad­vert on Face­book ask­ing for £5.

The so­cial me­dia post said: “Mars bar sweetie, best be­fore date 1996.

“This is a very rare old sweet and I know there are col­lec­tors of old sweet mem­o­ra­bilia.

“A one-off bar­gain, only a fiver, get in quick be­fore it’s gone.”

Since the so­cial me­dia post went live, Mr Knight has had thou­sands of views and hun­dreds of mes­sages from peo­ple keen to get their hands on the Mars, orig­i­nally sold for 26p.

He said Mars bar fans have gone nuts ever since he pub­lished his ad­ver­tise­ment in an on­line group.

Mr Knight said: “I thought I would do it just for a laugh. Within around half an hour I had 800 hits and lots of mes­sages from peo­ple want­ing to buy it.

“You wouldn’t be­lieve all that. It has just gone nuts.”

The 63-year-old taxi driver has now sold the choco­late bar to a man from Fife who is send­ing a de­liv­ery firm to Peter­head to pick up his pur­chase to­day.

Mr Knight said: “The guy from Kirk­caldy has gone mad for it.

“He is even send­ing a courier com­pany to come and get it.

“You get a lot of col­lec­tors of dif­fer­ent things these days, ev­ery­thing from records to sweets.

“Maybe the nos­tal­gia of it ap­pealed to him.”

The Mars bar is syn­ony­mous with the north-east, fol­low­ing the cre­ation of the calo­rieladen deep-fried va­ri­ety in 1994.

It was first made by the own­ers of Stone­haven’s Car­ron Fish Bar.

DIS­COV­ERY: Wil­liam Knight with the Mars bar he found in his at­tic. He has since sold the choco­late after his find gen­er­ated in­ter­net at­ten­tion

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