A long-established Blackpool glass company has closed its doors after more than 60 years of operation on the Fylde coast.
It is believed Boococks Glass, in Coleridge Road, ceased trading shortly before Christmas.
A sign posted in the doorway to the entrance of the building confirmed the glass company was no longer in business there.
It reads: “Boocock Glass Limited has ceased trading. Anyone wishing to gain access to the building is asked to contact (01253) 396792.”
Despite attempts to contact him, the owner of the company, Geoff Boocock, was unavailable for comment. It is not known what has happened to staff at the site.
Shutters were pulled down around the site, with the building left in complete darkness.
Business owners in the area revealed their shock at the closure of the glass company, which began operating in June 1950 as K Boocock and Company Limited.
Mary Goodhew, of Sudells Animal Feed and Corn Merchants, in Coleridge Road, said: “I believe it was shortly before Christmas it closed – I can’t remember the exact date. I do know they had been here for 63 years.
“It’s quite sad to see a business go like that.”
A spokesman for the Glass and Glazing Federation, which represents companies which make, supply or fit, glass and glazing products in the UK, confirmed the company resigned from the group last year.
Boococks Glass – a short history
The building on Coleridge Road dates back to the early 1930s.
Before being used as a glass factory, the site was a base for Clinning and Sons mineral water manufacturer.
According to company records, the building was first registered as trading under K Boocock and Company Limited in June 1950, before Boocock Glass Limited opened in December 1993.
One neighbour of the business, who did not wish to be named, said: “It has been closed for some time. I think it was five or six weeks ago now.
“It’s a sign of the times.
“I’m not sure how many people worked there but it was certainly a couple of lads on the shop floor and a couple of girls.”
He added: “The tower blocks will soon be demolished and 200 houses built as well as several new businesses.
“I hope it returns to being a thriving little area again.”
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