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Third generation Imperial Tobacco worker plans to emigrate after factory closure

Sign outside Imperial Tobacco factory in Nottingham Photo: ITV News Central

A third generation worker at Nottingham's Imperial Tobacco factory has told ITV Central he plans to emigrate when it closes in two years.

Andy Littlewood, 39, began working at the Thane Road site, as an apprentice when he was 16 years old.

He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Bert, who worked there for 42 years, and his father Peter, who was there for 33 years.

Andy said the factory's closure ends over 100 years of history.

Andy Littlewood who works at Imperial Tobacco in Nottingham Credit: ITV News Central

It makes me feel very sad, a sort of sick feeling in your stomach that the job and not just my family but other generations of Nottinghamshire people and families that have worked there, that's all going to come to an end.

– Andy Littlewood, Imperial Tobacco worker
Andy's father at his retirement party thrown by Imperial Tobacco Credit: ITV News Central

Andy is one of 540 Imperial Tobacco workers, who will lose their jobs when the company moves production to eastern Europe in May 2016.

Bosses have blamed increased regulation, a growing black market trade and a reduction in sales for the decision.

Andy said he won't be sticking around in the UK to find a new job in engineering.

Going out there, utilising the skills that Imperial have given me and taking my family out to Canada where there's still terms and conditions on a par or just slightly below what I've been used to and hopefully bring my family up in a country that's expanding rather than declining.

– Andy Littlewood, Imperial Tobacco worker

Recently, workers at the factory in Nottingham accepted a 'substantial' redundancy package.

The factory's closure ends a link with the city that goes back to the first half of the 19th century.