I went up to Burnley on Thursday to collect a machine I bought at auction, the liquidators of B Rourke had sold the machine to pay their creditors.
Rourkes’ had been in business since 1961, its’ closure resulted in the loss of thirty-seven jobs. The only time I spoke to Brian Rourke was by telephone and the exchange was to say the least acrimonious. That being said, I have nothing but admiration for what he achieved, he started a business in a chicken shed that has produced work of exceptional quality, which set a standard for others to aspire to and created a business model that has been copied by many, few of those are even its’ equal. I don’t know what the reason was for Rourkes’ failure but walking round the rapidly emptying factory filled me with great sadness, two of the chaps we spoke to had worked there for over twenty years.
This is an example of their work
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