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End of 230-year glassmaking era
Glassmaking
Glassmaking skills will disappear when the plant shuts
The six remaining staff at Royal Brierley Crystal's factory in Tipton Road, Dudley, are preparing to leave their jobs with the plant's closure.

The company, which received two Royal Warrants, used to employ more than 700.

Owners Dartington Crystal blamed the closure of the factory, at the end of July, on cheap foreign imports.

Paul Williamson, who has been making wine glasses all his working life, said there were no other similar jobs locally for the skilled people left.

A brand name, and they can't keep six people going - that says it all
Walter Pinches

Visitors to the factory said they felt sorry at the impending closure.

One man said: "It's very sad that it's going to lose a way of life that people around here have grown up with."

Head craftsman Walter Pinches said they felt bitterly let down.

"Royal Brierley, a brand name - and they can't keep six people going. That says it all," he said.

The owners will retain the Royal Brierley Crystal name and some production will be moved to a factory in north Devon.

The retail shop will remain open in Tipton Road.




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