Sheepskin coats company favoured by Del Boy and John Motson closes after 168 years due to falling trade

  • Nursey of Bungay opened in 1846 but closed on Wednesday
  • The family-owned business peaked in 1970s when it employed 80 people
  • Its classic sheepskin coats were championed by David Jason's Del Boy
  • As well as the Only Fools and Horses star, pundit John Motson wore them

By Daily Mail Reporter

Enlarge   Classic: David Jason as Del Boy wearing the sheepskin coat

Classic: David Jason as Del Boy wearing the sheepskin coat

The factory that made the trademark sheepskin coats for football commentator John Motson has closed after 168 years because of falling trade.

Nursey of Bungay, based in Suffolk, opened in 1846 but closed on Wednesday after failing to secure a buyer.

It has been run by the same family for  generations and employed more than 80 staff at its 1970s peak. But recently it only employed seven people and had not made a profit in six years.

As well as BBC sports broadcaster Motson, the company’s coats were also seen on David Jason’s character Del Boy in TV comedy Only Fools & Horses.

Guitarist Eric Clapton and This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby are also fans.

The firm, which made coats, hats, slippers and gilets, suffered another bad winter after  many of the shops it supplied closed.

The factory will shut while an adjacent shop will stay open temporarily. Owner Tim Nursey, 64, was the fifth generation of his family to work at the company and started his training when he was 18.

 

He said: ‘The stress I have gone through in the past month has been unbelievable.

‘I was taking five-mile runs before work just to combat the stress.

‘We had the chance to sell the brand and the stock, but for various reasons I also said no to that.

Trademark: John Motson wearing the trademark coat
Holly Willoughby

Luxurious: Football pundit John Motson and presenter Holly Willoughby are both fans of the sheepskin coat

The look became almost iconic thanks to the character of Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter, played by David Jason, from the BBC comedy Only Fools and Horses.

'We’ll keep the shop open for another week and will then reopen again in mid-October for a while to clear the stock.

 

'I’d like to say thank you to our customers and the people of Suffolk and Norfolk who have been very loyal to us over the years.’

A number of buyers had expressed interest in the firm, but Mr Nursey said the deals ‘didn’t work out’.

The firm’s employees have been handed redundancy payments.

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Had one in the 70s as a teen and a crombie as well. Both stylish and warm. Tried to buy one few years back. Nowhere.

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They should consider trying to sell to some one in Toronto I mean our winter weather is just getting worse and worse I wore my old sheepskin for around 10 years when I lived in the old country plus I got another ten years out of it over here , I think it would be a big seller I am sure a Toronto company would be interested in buying it .

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What a shame. I had one in the late 60's just like Motty's. Every winter, out it came then put away again in the spring. Sometime in 2005-07 I gave it to a builder friend, and he still has it.

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I had one of these in the 1960's and it went through a few very cold Canadian winters, and I wouldn't have done without it. Can't remember what happened to it though.

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We're the workers unionised ? I blame the union !

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"We're" is short for We are. So you first sentence reads "We are the workers unionised", which I think even you would agree is utter rubbish.

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I invested in that company as I was told that next year I'd be a millionaire!

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What a hysterically funny joke. I'm sure that all the workers at that factory (who have lost their jobs) are splitting their sides laughing. Try being made redundant when you're aged 50+ and see how easy it is to find another job - particularly when your only work skills are highly specialised ones, like making sheepskin coats. Chances are that most of the workers from that factory will never work ever again. Basically, they've just been thrown on the scrap-heap. Imagine how much they're likely to enjoy that...

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I have been made redundant from a specialised job, which was exported to China. The comment I made was just a play on a line frequently spoken on the show 'Only fools and horses'! It really doesn't matter if you find it offensive or not. It certainly wasn't meant to offend. But judging by the red marks on here people seem to be offended by all manner of things.Things that a normal well balanced human being wouldn't be offended in the least by. So bore off!

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meh.... like i care

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Because your from Canada basically you are the americans just sell everything off to corporations. Where the uk we are trying to save our heritage thats why it matters.

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Watch1...Could you please repost your reply in English.

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They are too heavy and cumbersome I prefer soft duck down padded coats and they are warmer!

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soft duck down that gets ripped off brutally, theres plenty of alternatives nowadays!

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Shame. If just one narcissistic celebrity had been photographed wearing one of their gilets or hats on the streets of London they'd have had plenty of sales.

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What will the second hand car dealers wear now??

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