We’re saddened to hear of the death of Black Country confectioner, Ted Gray, who has been part of DZG tradition for many years.
Edward Gray of Dudley, fondly known as Teddy Grays, is synonymous with Dudley Zoo after supplying us with personalised rock and sweets since our opening day on May 6 1937.
Ted, who took over the day-to-day running of the company with sister, Betty, in the sixties, died last week, aged 81.
DZG Retail Manager, Isobel Blackwell, said: “Teddy Grays is part of the Dudley Zoo tradition and we’re sad to hear of Ted’s death.
“Over eight decades we’ve sold millions of sticks of rock, all made locally in their Dudley factory, and they’re still one of our most popular purchases in our Safari Gift Shop to this day.”
The retailer sold ice cream and sweets from Tecton Kiosk One from the day the zoo opened 80 years ago until the 1980s when a change in health and safety regulations prompted its closure.
And three years ago we uncovered the company’s original 1937 advertisement on the kiosk, as part of Heritage Lottery funded restoration work.
Back in 2012 we even visited their North Street factory to find out how our zoo rock is made.