Britain’s ‘real-life’ Quality Street sees homes decorated with giant chocolates

A street in Britain has seen dubbed the “real-life” Quality Street after seeing its homes decorated with giant chocolates.

Locals on Boyce Street, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, were inspired by Kayleigh Thomas, 35, who first adorned her home last Christmas with a chocolate-themed display.

Residents in the quiet street decided to embrace the chocolate box theme after Kayleigh floated the idea to raise money for the local food bank in October, the Daily Mirror reports.

She said the concept had since "snowballed", with homeowners on an adjoining road choosing to adorn their properties with decorations matching the famous brand.

Kaleigh said she particularly loved the "originality" of her neighbours' displays, which included one person making a net curtain out of Quality Street chocolates.

Kayleigh said: "This year, it's gone from a Quality Street house to an actual quality street.

"I just love the originality of it all, and I don't think I could say I have a favourite because they've all taken the time to make their own creative displays, too."

"I felt I needed to go bigger and better this year, so that's what I've tried to do, by putting more decorations on and by getting the neighbours involved."

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Kayleigh, who works at an international school, said she began decorating her home with displays after people across the nation placed rainbows in their windows in support of the NHS.

But as last year’s festive season approached, she decided she needed something eye-catching that would fit the time of year and settled on the Quality Street theme.

She said: "I went to the local florist and bought some cellophane and just made a load of Christmas chocolate – but extra-large."

Kayleigh said that the close-knit community on Boyce Street and Bransby Street, had been raising money for their local food bank every few weeks.

And when she suggested that they collectively decorate their homes in a Quality Street theme as a way of getting more donations, they jumped at the idea.

Kayleigh said: "We've got a really good community on our street. We've been raising money for the food bank with a bake sale every couple of weeks.

"But in October, I said to my neighbours on our WhatsApp group, how do you feel about being a 'quality street' rather than just me having my Quality Street house? And they were like, 'yeah, sure!'

Last year, Kayleigh said Quality Street's marketing team had presented her with a personalised tin of chocolates after they found out about her personal display.

But this year, owing to foodbank crisis and her fundraising efforts, she was hoping they'd give her a different type of gift, which could be shared with the community.

She said: "I have asked if they could send something for the food bank rather than me, because I really do not need any more Quality Street at this point.

"At the foodbank, times are really hard – not only for the people having to use the food bank but for the foodbank itself, because they're having to open and close dependent on restrictions.

"They're having trouble getting deliveries because of the lorry driver shortage. The donations just aren't coming in and more and more people, are going to need to use it.

"So, I'd really like Quality Street to at least send me a tub that I can take down for the people that are working there as well."

Much to their delight, Kayleigh and her neighbours have so far raised over £3,000 for their local food bank and are well on their way to their £3,500 target.

They have even set up an innovative "Quality Street Exchange", where well wishes can receive chocolates for their food-based donations.

She said: "If people want to come and see the house, then they can bring a food donation for the food bank and exchange that for a little bag of Quality Street.

"So, it's a 'Quality Street exchange' – people have been so generous."

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