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‘Take the Tower from London... but leave our mustard in the Fine City’ - Stephen Fry laments loss of Norwich’s Colman’s factory

PUBLISHED: 08:36 05 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:54 05 January 2018

Stephen Fry. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Stephen Fry. Picture: Matthew Usher.

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Actor and presenter Stephen Fry has said the decision to close the Colman’s Mustard factory in Norwich marks a ‘sad day’.

It was announced today that Unilever will close the Colman’s Mustard factory in Norwich in 2019, with production moving to Burton-upon-Trent and Germany.

Unilever, which owns the facility, said all 113 jobs at the Carrow Works site will be affected and 45 people could be made redundant.

While part of the production will move out of the county, the packing of mustard powder and the milling of the seed will remain in the Norwich area.

But Fry, who lived in Norfolk when he was younger and went to Norwich City College, tweeted: “Norwich without #Colmans? Take the Tower from London, the RSC from Stratford and the potteries from Stoke, but leave our mustard in the Fine City. A sad day. A sad day.”

Unilever’s announcement follows the announcement by Britvic, which shares the site near Trowse, that its factory would be closing, with the loss of around 240 jobs.

That plant, which produces Robinsons and Fruit Shoot, is due to shut next year, with manufacturing switching to Rugby, east London and Leeds.

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