Five’s UK bike ride

Thorntons
Thorntons

FIVE employees from chocolatier Thorntons — which was founded in Belper — are marking the firm’s 100th birthday by cycling the length of the UK.

The famous chocolate-maker was formed in Belper by Joseph William Thornton in 1911.

Now, Ryan Bishop, Leigh Alliss, Robert Butt, Andrew Newbould and Joanne Attenborough, who work at the firm’s current base in Somercotes, are cycling the 1,200 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

They are also visiting 100 Thorntons stores along the way. They aim to arrive at Land’s End on Friday, August 12, having started on Saturday, July 23. The quintet want to raise £20,000 for Thorntons’ charity of the year, the NSPCC.

Ryan said: “I’ve always wanted to cycle the famous route and Thorntons’ 100th birthday seemed the perfect opportunity to do it.”