Woodbury’s Peter Thornton, of the chocolate dynasty, has died.

Peter Thornton, of the famous chocolate dynasty.

Peter Thornton, of the famous chocolate dynasty. - Credit: Archant

A businessman from Woodbury who devoted much of his life to his family’s world-famous chocolate dynasty has died aged 85.

Peter Thornton (right), who was part of the Thornton Chocolate firm for nearly 40 years, died at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital following a short battle with cancer.

Peter studied ‘chocolate and sugar confectionary’ at the Borough Polytechnic in London and was formally taken on by JW Thornton Ltd in July 1953.

He had a long and distinguished career with company, until it became Thorntons PLC, on flotation, in 1988.

Peter decided to pursue his own business interests and also qualified as a helicopter pilot.

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