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Good news? My daughter's wedding was sensational. Slightly less good news? My firm's bust and you're fired; SACKED WORKERS' FURY AT LAVISH BIG DAY.

| Craig McDonald A double glazing boss spent thousands on a wedding for his daughter as his firm was crashing amid huge debts.

TFD (Scotland) and sister firm Dalmatian Windows went out of business on August 25 leaving dozens of workers jobless.

Gary Fieldman, who splits his time between Scotland and Israel, hosted the lavish wedding of his daughter Lee on the banks of the Mediterranean weeks beforehand.

Dozens of guests attended the seafront event near the family home in Caesarea, Israel, in June.

Fieldman led his daughter up a special lantern-lined aisle at the seafront and guests enjoyed an open-air banquet afterwards before partying into the night.

Fieldman, 53, messaged friends afterwards: "What a day. People from all over the world came to cheer and be happy.

"Happy, love and hugs. And everything around was perfect."

But a source in Scotland, where 63 people lost their jobs when TFD went under, said: "Everything was far from perfect for us.

"Huge bills have been run up and other companies have been left high and dry.

"Staff were being paid late around the same time as he was paying for a superfancy SPLASHING OUT . Fieldman wedding and it left a very bad taste in the mouth. People tried hard to keep the business going but it's gone under and the whole thing is a mess."

Police had to be called to TFD's premises in East Kilbride to calm one angry customer when news of the firm's liquidation was announced.

Sources claim Fieldman, the major shareholder along with his brother-in-law Michael Bishop, lives abroad but watched workers in the factory via CCTV.

Fieldman's LinkedIn profile states he's the "owner at TFD (Scotland) Ltd since 2003".

It says the firm "manufacture for housebuilders and developers under the name Trade Frames Direct and supply and install to homeowners under the name Dalmatian Windows".

A source said: "He has a large property in Israel and a flat in the southside of Glasgow.

"When in Israel, he watched everyone via cameras in the factory. He would call and complain a worker was slacking.

"He came here about once a month and is linked to another company, Lochleven Windows in Rutherglen.

"TFD customers who paid deposits are very upset.

"One was at East Kilbride after the news came out about the liquidation and the police had to be called.

"The customer was raging and trying to get inside the factory. Things have been bad for a while.

"The big, expensive wedding was seen as bad timing when people were being paid late and the business was racking up debts."

Another source added: "A few weeks ago the bank had to visit to see what money was coming in before releasing wages. They were eventually paid on the Monday.

"There have been visits from suppliers. There was an occasion where a lorry wouldn't leave until they were paid. Cheques to subcontractors began bouncing.

"The irony is business had been good. Even when the building slump was at its worst and few houses were being built, people were still getting conservatories or new windows.

"Pressure came on when too many bills were run up. A couple of big debtors finally had enough."

Industry reports at the time of TFD's collapse stated: "Customer difficulties in the wider construction sector contributed to the business failure, including the loss of a major deal following the insolvency of Dundee-based Muirfield Contracts in 2015."

Fieldman said: "I have no comment to make on my personal situation other than to say the company owes me a considerable amount of money and I have had no proper remuneration for a number of months.

"It is with great regret that the company could not survive and the bank were unable to support the companies' cash flow difficulties.

"It is hoped there will be opportunities for those affected in the near future."

A police spokeswoman said officers were called to reports of a disturbance at the East Kilbride factory on August 25, adding: "Advice was given and no crime was committed."

Liquidator Donald McNaught, of chartered accountants Johnston Carmichael, said: "Unfortunately the business was unable to ensure sufficient cash flow to remain viable, despite repeated efforts by the directors to improve its position and protect jobs."

Liquidators are working with groups including Skills Development Scotland to try to find new jobs for the workers.

Staff were paid late while he was paying for a fancy wedding

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NO WORRIES Fieldman and his wife walk their daughter up the aisle in Israel

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OUT OF BUSINESS Dalmatian's showroom in East Kilbride

ALTAR.The stunning venue
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