Jobs blow as plumbing firm closes

FORFAR was hit by an early 2011 jobs blow last week with the news circulating town that a long-established plumbing business had folded.

The closure of Skene Blair & Son (Forfar) Limited – with the loss of around ten posts – comes hard on the heels of the liquidators being called in the Arbroath-based heating and plumbing business CMS.

In the cases of both firms it appears that cash flow has been a problem, with money not coming in for work done.

Attempts to get further details on the Forfar firm’s demise have, so far, proved unsuccessful, with no signs of activity at the firm’s premises in Station Place.

Indeed, those calling at the unit are being met with locked doors.

However, news that the business had closed has come as a shock to many, for it was only last spring that an internal revamp had been carried out at Station Place, increasing the number of different bathroom settings on display and allowing for a range of fires and surrounds to be displayed.

The history of the long-established business goes back to 1937 when Skene Blair operated initally from a communal wash house at 66 East High Street, Forfar.

The business moved to 126 East High Street at the conclusion of the second world war, Ron Blair joining his father in 1959 to trade as Skene Blair & Son.

Another short move was made to 124 East High Street before the 1990 transfer from the main street to a new purpose-built showroom/office/store at Station Place.

The business was latterly run by directors Ian Steven and Angus Smith, who took over the reins on the retiral of Ron Blair a few years ago.