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Makers of Edinburgh Rock to close after more than a century

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Ross's of Edinburgh, the makers of Edinburgh Rock, has announced it is to close this month after more than 100 years of trading.

The company, which is now in its fourth generation of trading, is to close its Edinburgh factory, bringing to an end the firm's presence in the Capital since 1880. Edinburgh Rock, famous for its crumbly texture and pastel colours, was invented by Alexander 'sweetie Sandy' Ferguson in the 19th century.

Graham Ross, great-grandson of the firm's founder, has put the business up for sale and told The Herald newspaper he is hopeful a buyer may be found to continue the sweet-making tradition: 'I'm 64 and was made an offer for the factory building that, at my age, I'd be stupid to refuse. I've been in the business for forty years and there is a certain amount of sadness in bowing out, but it can't go on forever. My family doesn't want to follow in my footsteps and we don't feel we want to turn it over to somebody just to manage it.

The company produces a range of sweets including soor plooms, parma violets and Berwick cockles. Ross's was famous for its tartan-decorated packaging, with its confectionery sold in shops across the country. For more on the company, visit the website.

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