A bombshell announcement that up to 10 jobs could be axed from a world-famous Alnwick fishing firm has been described as disappointing, unwelcome and a blow.
Consultation has started with the workforce at Hardy and Greys about possible redundancies and the process will last throughout October.
It comes after the company and its subsidiary Hardy Advanced Composites were sold to Pure Fishing, Inc. in the summer.
Jobs at risk are across the board, from the shop floor, to the offices and management.
A spokesman has said that nothing is set in stone and it comes as part of a global reorganisation of Pure Fishing operations.
He added that the long-term future of the headquarters in Alnwick is not in jeopardy.
The bombshell has shocked and disappointed Alnwick’s two county councillors, Gordon Castle and Heather Cairns.
Coun Castle said: “Clearly the loss of 10 jobs in Alnwick is very unwelcome.
“Those who are at risk of redundancy face terrible uncertainty and it won’t be an easy time for them.
“I am partially assured by the long-term viability of the Alnwick base but it does drain your confidence a little bit.”
Coun Cairns added: “This is really disappointing when only three months ago they said the jobs would be secure and I am very sympathetic to the workforce.
“There is nothing worse than uncertainty.
“It reduces your confidence in the organisation if only three months in they have to change things.”
Chairman of the town’s chamber of trade, Carlo Biagioni, said: “It is a blow for Alnwick.
“What I don’t understand is when they took it over they said there would be no changes or redundancies.”