An American tourist on a sightseeing tour of the UK had a tattoo inked on her arm to commemorate her dream visit… to Wigan’s Mint Balls factory.
Kristi Kimmel, 48, underwent the needle to get the iconic image after touring Uncle Joe’s Mint Balls sweet factory, in the Greater Manchester town, ahead of other tourist attractions like the Angel of the North, York Minster and Liverpool’s Albert Dock.
The inked memento now takes pride of place on her right arm alongside other tattoos representing her nearest and dearest .
Uncle Joes’s Mint Balls was established in Wigan 1898 by William Santus and ownership has been passed down through the generations, and is currently owned by the founder’s great nephews.
Mrs Kimmel from Frederick, Maryland said: ‘We came to visit friends in Wigan and my friend, Alice Kinley, took me to a sweet shop. The bright red Uncle Joe’s tin with a smiling man drew me in. I picked it up and said: “I’m getting this”.
‘She told me that they are made in Wigan, and…