One of England’s oldest sheepskin specialists has been forced to close after 169 years due to dwindling sales.
Family-run and Suffolk-based Nursey Sheepskin, best known for creating the iconic coat worn by Del Boy Trotter in the BBC sitcom Only Fools and Horses, wound up production at its factory in March 2014 after failing to find a buyer.
At the time it also ceased trading online and from its store adjoining the factory in Bungay, Suffolk, but reopened both in October to sell remaining stock including coats, footwear and accessories.
Nursey Sheepskin, which previously traded as Nursey of Bungay, took its final order last week, marking the end of the fifth-generation business that produced around 15,000 coats a year and employed close to 90 people during its peak.
Managing director Tim Nursey said: “In our heyday we supplied hundreds of men’s outfitters and women’s dress shops across Britain and northern Europe. Most have shut down and that filtered down to us. Fashion is changing and the weather isn’t as cold as it was. We did everything humanly possible to keep the firm going and there are some very happy memories to take away with us.”