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    Sad to report that the last linen factory in Belfast is closing Copeland's Linen factory is closing it's doors.

    Copeland Linens - Irish linen

    When one thinks of the number of linen factories that were once in Belfast this is a sad day. The factory supplied both the British Royal Family, and the Irish President and Government. And had a work force from both sides of the divide. Best regards to the owner for a happy retirement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackers View Post
    Sad to report that the last linen factory in Belfast is closing Copeland's Linen factory is closing it's doors.

    Copeland Linens - Irish linen

    When one thinks of the number of linen factories that were once in Belfast this is a sad day. The factory supplied both the British Royal Family, and the Irish President and Government. And had a work force from both sides of the divide. Best regards to the owner for a happy retirement.
    It is unfortunate. However, it highlights the challenges NI needs to overcome on the economic front.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackers View Post
    Sad to report that the last linen factory in Belfast is closing Copeland's Linen factory is closing it's doors.

    Copeland Linens - Irish linen

    When one thinks of the number of linen factories that were once in Belfast this is a sad day. The factory supplied both the British Royal Family, and the Irish President and Government. And had a work force from both sides of the divide. Best regards to the owner for a happy retirement.
    nice OP, have to say i loved the link! fair play to him sounds a feisty ole devil!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattarigna View Post
    It is unfortunate. However, it highlights the challenges NI needs to overcome on the economic front.
    To be honest I just thought that this deserved to be aired due to the connection Belfast had with the linen trade. It was massive at one time. And when you think it was bigger than ship building in importance, especially for women in employment in the city. It surely deserves to be given a bigger profile than a big ship that sunk first time out. Women from all sides of the community worked in the factories for scant reward or recognition. I remember seeing these women in their hundreds going to and from the mills, including my own mother and grandmother. The salt of the earth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by between the bridges View Post
    nice OP, have to say i loved the link! fair play to him sounds a feisty ole devil!
    BBC News - Copeland Linens, Belfast's last working linen factory closes

    Here is a link you might like.
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    Not looking bad for a guy of nearly 80 !!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackers View Post
    Sad to report that the last linen factory in Belfast is closing Copeland's Linen factory is closing it's doors.

    Copeland Linens - Irish linen

    When one thinks of the number of linen factories that were once in Belfast this is a sad day. The factory supplied both the British Royal Family, and the Irish President and Government. And had a work force from both sides of the divide. Best regards to the owner for a happy retirement.
    The linen industry is probably responsible for turning Belfast into the city it is today, dating right back to the 18th century. It's sad to see such a fundamental part of the city's heritage coming to an end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinoboy View Post
    Not looking bad for a guy of nearly 80 !!!
    True.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mattarigna View Post
    It is unfortunate. However, it highlights the challenges NI needs to overcome on the economic front.
    It highlights the problems facing SMEs. It is very unfortunate that his parting comment to customers is that a main reason that he's closing is because he feels he has become a revenue collector for the government. The tax and bureaucracy in NI is crippling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mackers View Post
    Sad to report that the last linen factory in Belfast is closing Copeland's Linen factory is closing it's doors.

    Copeland Linens - Irish linen

    When one thinks of the number of linen factories that were once in Belfast this is a sad day. The factory supplied both the British Royal Family, and the Irish President and Government. And had a work force from both sides of the divide. Best regards to the owner for a happy retirement.
    Sad indeed - though it raises an interesting thought - how much should we lament the passing of the "good old days" of exploitation of the masses?

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