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More than 170 people lose their jobs just before Christmas

Shaking hands as colleagues for the final time. Credit: ITV West Country

176 people have been left without a job this Christmas, after the closure of a Somerset town's biggest employer.

Staff at the Wansbrough Paper Mill in Watchet clocked off for the last time this afternoon. It marks the end of a manufacturing tradition dating back more than 250 years.

Tonight they told us of their fears, as their lives are turned upside down just as the Christmas period begins.

The Wansbrough Paper Mill has operated for 250 years. Credit: ITV West Country
Paper mill employees drive away from their workplace for the last time. Credit: ITV West Country