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Cadbury collector donates more than 5,000 memorabilia to archives

Gill Cocks started collecting in the 1970s after getting the bug for it from her father. Credit: PA

A sweet-toothed chocolate fan has parted ways with a 5,000 piece Cadbury collection.

Gill Cocks has been collecting boxes, mugs and tins for more than 40 years and stored the items in six jam-packed cabinets.

Ms Cocks has now donated her memorabilia to the chocolate company's archives and the Bournville Experience, where it will go on display next year.

Her hoard was kick-started by her father and includes rare items such as Richard Tapper Cadbury's bible from the 1800s, and some quirkier items such as a milk churn and mini-Cadbury vehicles.

Ms Cocks stored the memorabilia in six cabinets and it took three days to pack it away. Credit: PA

Ms Cocks, from Winchcombe in Gloucestershire, said: "I have really enjoyed collecting Cadbury memorabilia but the collection really grew quite enormous and there have been times when I have struggled to keep it in good condition.

"There are quite a lot of different tins and boxes, mugs, Cadbury vehicles, a milk churn - which is quite big - and an enamel advertising sign."

More people can enjoy it - nobody's enjoying it while it's sat in my attic.

– Gill Cocks

She admitted that collecting runs in her family, adding: "My sister collects but she doesn't collect Cadbury items.

"My mother and father have both passed away but they were both great collectors. My father only ever collected Cadbury's paper memorabilia because my mother didn't want the house taken over."

Ms Cocks believes the memorabilia could be the biggest private collection in the world, and is 'delighted' to give it to the company to be looked after.

She said: "More people can enjoy it - nobody's enjoying it while it's sat in my attic."

The Cadbury Foundation have donated £5,000 to a charity of Ms Cock's choice as a gesture for donating her collection.

It will now be catalogued and dated at the Cadbury archive in Bournville, Birmingham, and go on display at Cadbury World as The Gill Cocks Collection in the new year.