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WALES: I became epileptic and had lost everything ... then Remploy saved me; THE WORKERS' STORY.

WHEN Dennis Morgan developed epilepsy he lost his health, his home and his marriage - but working for Remploy gave him a fresh start.

"I lost everything a man wants and needs. I worked at Courtaulds for many years until it shut down and then I tried going self-employed with a shop.

"I became epileptic and I lost everything until I came to Remploy 20 years ago," said Dennis, 59, who lives in Wrexham, a bike ride from the factory.

Now a GMB shop steward at the plant, he welcomed the news yesterday but said the battle to save the 28 other factories has to continue.

His colleague and fellow Unite shop steward Ray Lonsdale, is waiting to go into Gobowen's orthopaedic hospital at Oswestry for an operation on his back.

Ray, 53, said: "These are company proposals to keep open a further 15 factories including Wrexham. Obviously, we are still concerned that they are going to close more factories elsewhere and our campaign will continue.

"Many people have been here 20-30 years, some even 40 years, it is there life."

Wrexham's MP Ian Lucas and AM Lesley Griffiths are delighted at the news. Mr Lucas said: "It has been a tough battle to keep the factory open. I think the turning point came at the end of September, when Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Peter Hain intervened on the closure programme."

Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths said: "There has been genuine public support in the town for the workers of Remploy throughout the campaign to keep the factory open."

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Ray Lonsdale (left) and Dennis Morgan are delighted the Remploy factory in Wrexham will stay open Picture: STACEY ROBERTS
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Date:Nov 13, 2007
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