Labour get in a political pickle

Joanna Jenner, of Bartons Pickles, Lascelles Street, Fingerpost

Joanna Jenner, of Bartons Pickles, Lascelles Street, Fingerpost

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A FAMILY St Helens firm is supplying its products to the Labour Party’s annual conference this week.

Labour bigwigs and party activists will be tucking into Bartons Piccalilli and other Bartons products at Liverpool’s Echo Arena throughout the week.

The coup, secured via a partnership between Bartons and supermarket giant Tesco, saw staff turn out countless jars of Piccalilli, Chillililli and other pickles, sauces and chutneys from their Fingerpost factory on Monday morning (September 26).

Joanna Jenner, of Bartons Pickles, said: “Tesco wanted to show their support for small local businesses and invited us to come along, which we’re delighted about. It’s a great opportunity for us to share our products with people and show everyone what we’re all about.”

Meanwhile, Bartons Pickles has also been invited to enter the national Best Local Product in the British Aisles competition.

Voting for the Tesco-organised contest has already started and will carry on until the end of October.

To vote for Bartons, and explain your reasons why, go online at: www.tesco.com/local

One lucky voter will win £500 worth of Tesco gift cards.

Bartons was in the news a couple of years ago too, when Prince Charles paid a visit to their Lascelles Street base to pick up a few jars of his favourite Piccalilli.

Bartons was established in St Helens at the turn of the last century by Joanna Jenner’s great grand parents, making her the fourth generation pickler in her family.

It all started when her great grandparents, Edmund and Lydia Barton, started preparing vegetables and steeping them in spiced vinegar and sauce mixes, before selling them door to door from a hand cart.

Joanna Jenner added: “At Bartons we are proud of our great heritage and still use the traditional recipes and methods to make our fantastic pickles. Our business and reputation are based on solid family values passed down from generation to generation.”