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Why things are far from 'lovely jubbly' for Suffolk company that created Del Boy's sheepskin coat

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Del Boy had one.

Any football manager or sports commentator worth his salt in the 70s had one.

John Motson famously wore a sheepskin coat when commentating. Credit: PA

A sheepskin jacket was once the must-have fashion accessory.

And it was at Nursey in Bungay that it all began.

Nursey Sheepskin in Bungay. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"It started in about 1942/43, when my grandmother was asked to make a jacket.

Granny laid the jerkin out on her kitchen table, fitted the sleeves in, and that is the first coat we ever made."

– Tim Nursey, Nursey Sheepskin

But now things aren't looking quite so cushty for the company.

In fact, they're planning to close in March unless they can find a buyer.

Tim Nursey could close the company in March. Credit: ITV News Anglia

This isn't an easy decision.

Tim is the fifth generation of the Nursey family to work in the business. There's been a factory here since 1846.

Generations of the Nursey family have worked in the business. Credit: ITV News Anglia

During the 60s and 70s, at the height of its popularity, Nursey was producing around 15,000 coats a year.

Tim's trying to stay optimistic about the future and he's in discussions with three potential buyers.

Tim talks to ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer about his hopes of finding a buyer. Credit: ITV News Anglia

But if no buyer is found, the business will close and the remaining stock sold off this autumn.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Tanya Mercer