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Rally for Wrightbus as speculation grows over buyers

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Wrightbus workers and their families hold a rally at Ballymena Showgrounds.Credit: Presseye

A rally has been held in Ballymena, with Wrightbus workers hit by redundancy desperate to hear if the stricken bus-building company can be saved.

Over 1,200 people lost their jobs when the firm collapsed into administration a week ago.

They have spent the week reeling from the news, filling out redundancy forms and attending job fairs, before descending on Ballymena Showgrounds on Wednesday afternoon.

The Wrightbus workers were joined by some of those from the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast who have been relieved that it has been saved by a buyer, but who wanted to show solidarity.

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The union Unite is hopeful that a buyer can also be found for Wrightbus, revealing that four potential buyers – two from the EU and two from the UK – are visiting the site this week.

A formal bid has yet to be made.

It is understood that the land the factory is situated on, which is owed by the Wright family, remains an issue.

North Antrim DUP MP Ian Paisley insists the Government is prepared to support any potential buyer.

Another rally is due to take place on Friday, this time at the Wrightbus factory.