Until the Woollen Mill is re-opened, the company will try to absorb all the staff in its other branches.
The economy of Spean Bridge will be badly hit by the loss of the Woollen Mill, for at the height of the summer, there could be as many twenty tourist buses calling each day. Each bus can hold up to 50 people, so this will be a severe loss of custom, not only to the Woollen Mill, but to the surrounding shops. Despite the recession, the Woollen Mill had excellent Christmas sales and was the most profitable of all the branches.
It will take a considerable time for the fire investigators and the insurance company to complete their investigation before the clearing-up work can begin. One can only hope and pray that it will not be too long before we see a new Woollen Mill rising from the ashes. To Thomas, his staff and the proprietors of the Woollen Mill, we offer our sincere sympathy and our good wishes for the future.
The sad sight above was what locals saw when they came to survey the scene on Wednesday morning. It was a blessing that there was no wind, and that it was a still night, or else the flames could have spread to neighbouring properties.
Families in houses nearby at Aonachan Gardens were very alarmed when one of the main support walls came crashing down into the river with a frightening noise.
One takes so much for granted the facilities that we have until something like this happens, and we only realise then just important a part they play in the life of the community.
As the months go by and we come to Spring and Summer, we will all look forward to seeing a new Spean Bridge Woollen Mill beginning to rise from the ashes and to prosper once again.