THIRTY workers are facing an uncertain Christmas after it was revealed a Great Harwood abattoir will close.
Anglo Beef Processing, based on Wood Street, is to close its doors next Friday.
It means the workers at the plant could be left without work – although bosses say they have all been offered alternative jobs within the group.
A spokesman said: "Following recent acquisitions at Guildford and Dorset and a review of its increased processing capacity and business efficiencies, ABP has regrettably decided to close the Blackburn processing facility.
"ABP is continuing to invest in its UK processing base to deliver a network of low cost strategically located efficient processing facilities and has only recently completed a significant upgrade at Shrewsbury to increase capacity at the site.
"Having operated the abattoir at Blackburn for a number of years, it is with regret that we are closing the site.
"But it has become clear that the best commercial decision for ABP is that our ongoing investment programme should be focused on our other facilities throughout Great Britain."
Great Harwood councillor Peter Clarke said: "I did hear a rumour that it might be closing. It is a very sad thing for the town.
"I hope they will be able to find something for the workers within the company, as you have to sympathise with the families just before Christmas."