Gary Saltmarsh, a pot operator, said: "We worked out it would come toabout £41 each. So we decided to give it to charity.""It was a chance to change someone's life.""Archie is a local lad and he's been in the local paper.""We had posters up in the smelter for him and we raised £200 for him before."
Inside Alcan the mood is quite downbeat.Workers say only 'a handful' of the hundreds have jobs.Despite a works fair coming here in April, one worker says "the dole"is the likely next step.Despite this, they have donated £30,000 to charity.
The consultation period redundancies at the Alcan Rio Tinto aluminium smelter at Lynemouth ends today. It was announced the smelter could close unless a buyer is found, putting workers' jobs at risk. A statement about the next stage is expected next week.