MPs vow over sweet plant jobs bombshell

Job losses have been announced at Tangerine Confectionery on Clifton Road.
Job losses have been announced at Tangerine Confectionery on Clifton Road.
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A Blackpool MP has vowed to meet with bosses at an historic sweet factory after they announced the building would close.

Tangerine Confectionery’s Clifton Road site is to close next year in a move which will see 166 put under threat and bring almost 90 years of sweet making to an end.

Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, said he will meet with both union bosses and management to discuss the latest employment blow to the resort.

He said: “I will be talking to the management and to the unions representing staff there about the outline of the consultation, and raising a number of questions to press them about how many people they will be transferring to their Vicarage Lane site.

“This is a very early point in the proceedings and they might not be able to say a great deal at this point, but I will be talking to both very shortly.”

The workers were told the news on Thursday when they were called into a meeting from the shop floor.

Union officials were called in on Wednesday to hold an emergency meeting with senior managers at the site which, they announced, is set to close next March.

Workers told The Gazette that some staff broke down in tears upon hearing the news, while some took the following day off.

Councillors also greeted news of the proposed closure with disappointment, saying it was the “end of an era”, while council leader Simon Blackburn branded the announcement “devastating”.

The company was founded in 1928 by Stanley Kitt and his brothers Fred and Roy under the Daintees sweets name.

Fred, the last remaining brother of the original sweet empire, died in 2000, aged 84.