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Prestigious pottery maker closes
Poole Pottery Store
The Poole Pottery shop closed last week with the loss of 50 jobs
More than 100 staff at a prestigious Dorset pottery maker face a bleak Christmas after being suddenly made redundant and sent home without pay.

Workers at Poole Pottery, in Sopers Lane, were told on Tuesday that the factory was closing after 130 years.

A spokeswoman for Poole Pottery said the company hoped to come back "leaner and fitter" after the Christmas period.

But union representatives have slammed the move saying this is the end of pottery making in Poole.

Bob Lanning, of the Transport and General Workers' Union, said he turned up at the company on Tuesday afternoon to discuss last week's closure of the shop that sells Poole Pottery in the town, which left 50 people without work

It was at the meeting that he was told the factory was closing.

Christmas appeal

"I know this company has been in trouble for a long time, but this is completely out of the blue," said Mr Lanning.

"The staff were sent home without pay. They are also due two weeks' Christmas shut down pay, but they won't get that now.

"Pottery making in Poole is finished."

Mr Lanning has made a Christmas appeal for donations to help staff who have been left without work.

Poole Pottery was founded in 1873. No one at the company was available for comment on Wednesday.




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