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Appeal amid factory's tearful end

Glencraft workers
There were emotional scenes as Glencraft closed

Aberdeen's Glencraft factory has closed down with the loss of 51 jobs, amid tearful scenes.

The workers - who are mainly blind and disabled - will now have to try and find other employment.

However, liquidators Tenon Recovery are now appealing for help to save the Glencraft business.

The Glencraft board blamed the city council's lack of support for the collapse. However the council argued it had tried everything to help.

We will do everything possible to encourage interested parties to help save the organisation
Iain Fraser
Tenon Recovery

The factory had operated since 1843.

One worker told BBC Scotland: "We were made redundant today, in my case after nearly 49 years of working.

"It's very, very sad it's come to this after surviving several depressions and two world wars."

Aberdeen South Labour MP Anne Begg said the workers were "very employable".

The factory and assets of Glencraft will now be marketed for sale.

'Highly regarded'

Iain Fraser, of Tenon Recovery, said: "We hope that private individuals, and organisations specialising in providing financial support to social enterprises, will work with us to acquire the assets of Glencraft and develop a strategy for restructuring the enterprise.

"Glencraft is highly regarded for providing high quality employment and training for the disabled. We will do everything possible to encourage interested parties to help save the organisation."

He added: "I should warn, however, that this is a challenge requiring a major injection of finance and stability of future support to save the organisation and to secure the key role it plays in our community."

First Minister Alex Salmond had visited the workers this week, and said every option would be explored.



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