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We did it - petition to keep Colman's and Britvic in Norwich tops 10,000 signatures

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:15 11 October 2017

Colman's Mustard made by Unilever.

Colman's Mustard made by Unilever. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2016

We did it - thanks to your help.

Last week, when Britvic announced they would move production from their Norwich factory, sparking Unilever, which makes Colman’s mustard, to review their future in the fine city, we set up a petition against the decision.

Two reasons drove the campaign - firstly, to safeguard the 350 jobs that could be lost if both factories move and, secondly, to maintain the 200-year link that we, as a city, have with Colman’s mustard.

We appealed for your help - and you certainly delivered.

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Last night, our petition topped 10,000 signatures, meaning the government is obliged to respond.

With near 10,000 signatures on the online petition alone, and enough to tip us over the mark on paper, it shows the strength of feeling that the county has towards the firms.

MPs, chefs and well-known local personalities have backed the fight, and we hope that a way of keeping the firms local can be found.

• If you haven’t already signed the petition, you can do so by clicking here.

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