A VINTAGE sweet shop in the Ashbourne area has been shortlisted for a BBC award.
Edward and Vintage of Tissington has been nominated for the BBC Homes and Antiques Awards 2013 in the Best Vintage Shop category.
The sweet shop is now competing against 25 shops which have been shortlisted and owner David Westcott-Walker is appealing for customers to help the store take the title.
Edward and Vintage is a 1940’s sweet shop and vintage room which opened in 2010 in the former post office in Tissington.
Mr Westcott-Walker said: “Its been a fantastic two years, the people of Derbyshire are so loyal and have been such a great support to the business.
“I could not have achieved this without their loyalty”.
Mr Westcott-Walker opened the shop in Tissington after selling up in Nottingham to moving to his dream location in 2009.
He added: “I felt at home as soon as I moved in, Ashbourne is such a great place, people in the shops are fantastic and give great customers service, you quickly feel part of the community.
“It has always been my aim to support other local industries, Edward and Vintage now proudly stock locally made fudge, chocolate and traditional sweets and ice-cream, the flavours are so much better!
“We also promote a selection of cottage industry crafts and vintage gifts.
“It has been a great surprise to be nominated, and is a credit to my Derbyshire suppliers who provide us with such great quality products”.
Edward and Vintage was recently visited by national treasure, Joanna Lumley while she was filming in Tissington for a television programme about the origins of Noah’s Ark.
The sweetshop is also likely to be featured in a forthcoming programme on Channel 4 which focusses on people leaving city life behind to set up a cottage industry in the countryside.
Mr Westcott-Walker said: “We really need the people of Derbyshire to get behind us, most of the businesses nominated are around London.
“Derbyshire is such a fantastic place and I really want to champion the fact that there is life outside London, with equally good businesses.
“It only takes a minute to vote on line, but every vote is so important to us,
“If you can spare a minute we would be so grateful.
“Just go to www.edwardandvintage.co.uk and click on the Homes and Antiques logo.”