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Last Updated: Thursday, 24 March, 2005, 13:00 GMT
End of era for historic food firm
Nearly 100 years of industrial history is coming to an end in Cumbria with the closure of a major food factory.

The Cavaghan and Gray factory on London Road in Carlisle, which makes ready-made meals, is transferring production to Nottingham.

Most of the 660 workforce have gone and on Thursday afternoon another group of workers clocks off for the final time.

Parent company Northern Foods still employs more than 1,000 people at other factories in Carlisle.

'Lot of sadness'

The firm, which makes ready-made meals and Goodfella's pizzas, has blamed rising energy prices and increases in the cost of various foods for the move.

Last September, Northern Foods announced 1,060 jobs were going at two pastry plants, including 660 at its Cavaghan and Gray subsidiary in Carlisle.

The site began life as a bacon factory in 1912 and grew to employ more than 2,000 people.

Mary Kennedy, who has worked at the factory for 20 years, said: "There is a lot of sadness and some tears there.

"I have been saying goodbye to a lot of people. It is a difficult time - you spend half your life at work and the people become like your family."

Linda McGarvie, from the union Usdaw, said it was able to secure more enhanced payments for the staff being made redundant.

She said: "The company has played its part and agreed to the enhanced terms over and above what statutory and Usdaw agreements provided."




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