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144 years of Poole Pottery comes to an end in home town

Campaigners are hoping it's still not too late to keep a base for Poole Pottery in the town, despite the deadline being reached to secure its future.

Poole Pottery will close its doors for the final time at the quay at 4pm today (Sunday) after owner Denby said it failed to reach an agreement with the landlord.

Denby said it was continuing to try to find alternative premises for the 144-year-old business, but posted today on Twitter that the doors were closing for the final time.

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The closure of the shop, which also includes a studio and kiln, means 33 jobs will be cut.

Production of Poole Pottery moved to Stoke-on-Trent ten years ago, but fans always believed some presence would and should remain locally.

Sue Smith, from the Poole Pottery Collectors Club has launched a petition to try to keep a base for the pottery in the town. It has already received more than 4000 signatures.

The town is already suffering like so many others in the closure of other retail outlets and if the Pottery closes Poole will lose that which makes it unique from any other seaside town.

To lose something that is known worldwide would be a blow that the town would forever regret.

– Sue Smith, Poole Pottery Collectors Club

She called for the Borough of Poole (BOP) to step in and help find an alternative premises for the business in the town.

Many supporters have taken to social media: