Can you believe it’s been 15 years since these things happened?

Can you believe it's been 15 years since these things happened?

Can you believe that it's really been 15 years since 2003? We could have sworn it was only a couple of years ago!

2003 was the year that Paddy and Ursula Heyland first set up Heyland & Whittle, with just ten Soap Bar recipes, so please forgive us for getting a little nostalgic as we take a look back and celebrate the brand's achievements over the last 15 years.

When we were thinking back to what else happened in 2003, we really couldn't believe that it had been so long since some of these events, and time has certainly flown here at Heyland & Whittle too. So, can you believe it's been 15 years since…

...Finding Nemo ruled the box office?

It's been so long since Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo was released in cinemas that we've since had a lengthy wait for and subsequent release of its equally entertaining sequel Finding Dory, which hit cinemas in 2016.

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2003 also saw the second installment of The Lord of The Rings trilogy, The Two Towers, arrive on the big screen, while the year's Christmas period saw the release of several films that have become seasonal classics, like Elf and Love Actually.

...We first heard Beyonce's Crazy in Love?

Yes, it's been 15 years since Beyonce made her solo debut with the anthemic Crazy in Love, in a year that saw Westlife cover Mandy to huge success, The Darkness glam-rocked their way into the charts with I Believe in a Thing Called Love and Busted speculated about how one day we might all live underwater in the Year 3000.

Here's to the next 15 years!

At the same time, we were wiping away our tears to Coldplay's Fix You, amid what was a particularly busy year for the band's frontman Chris Martin, as it also saw him marry film star Gwyneth Paltrow. The pair have since famously "consciously uncoupled".

...Richard Hillman was reigning terror on Coronation Street?

"Norman Bates with a briefcase" serial killer Richard Hillman is one of soapworld's most memorable characters, and it's now 15 years since he left poor Emily Bishop for dead and brutally murdered Maxine Peacock.

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Meanwhile, hit sitcom Peep Show aired for the first time in 2003, and singer Alex Parks won Fame Academy - who else remembers that?

...Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix hit the bookshops?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was one of the biggest book releases of 2003, with fans of JK Rowling's wizarding world descending on bookshops at midnight to get their hands on the latest installment of this universally loved tale.

It was also the year that Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code was published, as well as Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, which have since been adapted into a movie starring Tom Hanks and a hit West End play respectively.

...Heyland & Whittle was born?

It really doesn't seem like it's been 15 years that we've been producing handmade Soap Bars and home fragrance products, with a cloud of floral scent following us everywhere we go! But it has, and we're incredibly thankful to everyone who's been on this journey with us so far.

Keep your eyes peeled for more celebratory posts to mark this milestone - and here's to the next 15 years!

Revisit your favourite Soap Bars from the last 15 years with our classic fragrances here