Bridlington book publisher to close with loss of nine jobs

Peter Haddock Publishing on Pinfold Lane Industrial Estate.
Peter Haddock Publishing on Pinfold Lane Industrial Estate.

A CHILDREN’S book publisher based in Bridlington has confirmed it is to close with the loss of nine jobs.

Peter Haddock Publishing Ltd, based on the Pinfold Lane Industrial Estate, has been active in Bridlington for more than half a century but will now close on December 21 this year.

A spokesperson for DC Thomson Books, which owns Peter Haddock Publishing, said: “Following our announcement earlier this month, DC Thomson Books Group can now confirm that the Peter Haddock offices in Bridlington will be closing on December 21, 2012. As a result of this decision and the recent consultation period, nine employees have been made redundant.

“This has been a difficult period and we are very grateful to the employees for their professionalism. We have put in place initiatives to help support them with finding new employment.”

Rumours had circulated that the site would be sold for housing development after the closure, but DC Thomson Books insist that no plans have yet been made.

The spokesperson continued: “We will be undertaking some remedial works to old buildings, including the demolition of an ancillary warehouse that is in poor condition, but beyond that we have no immediate plans for the site.”

The loss of the firm was earlier this month described by one former employee as “very upsetting and hurtful”.

Peter Haddock Limited started life in 1952 as a publisher of affordable and entertaining children’s books supplied principally to book wholesalers.

At one point, the firm had three factories on Pinfold Lane, with another at Bessingby and in its heyday was overseeing the delivery of around 17 tonnes of books, principally colouring books and story books, to retailers and wholesalers daily, working with a team of up to 15 warehousemen and 40 women.

In 1993 Peter Haddock Limited was bought by DC Thomson and Co Ltd, a Scottish company which has been publishing newspapers and magazines for more than a century, including the Beano and Dandy.

In 2002 Peter Haddock Limited established an Australasian sales and distribution office, and expanded further into the UK by creating its own trade imprint called Meadowside Children’s Books. And in late 2007 the company purchased Gullane Children’s Books.

In 2009 a JCB publishing programme was launched, with a variety of new JCB lines being added to the range last year, including the My 1st JCB books.

Last spring the company launched a range of new titles featuring popular TV characters Fifi and the Flowertots and Roary the Racing Car for the UK market.