THE Braunton community is still coming to terms this week with news that more than 100 people are to lose their jobs at its biggest employer. Pharameuctical company Perrigo, formerly Wrafton Laboratories, has confirmed that the workers are facing redundan

THE Braunton community is still coming to terms this week with news that more than 100 people are to lose their jobs at its biggest employer.Pharameuctical company Perrigo, formerly Wrafton Laboratories, has confirmed that the workers are facing redundancy following the loss of a big contract.It is understood that pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has taken a toothpaste contract overseas at a lower price.Perrigo spokesman David Tozer said the job losses would affect workers at all levels and were expected to come into force at the end of May.They had gone to great lengths to retain the contract, but there was nothing they could do to compete, he said. "We have a committed and highly dedicated team. We will continue to fight for new business to maintain a healthy site at Braunton."Jasmine Chesters, parish and district councillor for the Braunton West ward, said: " It is a massive blow for 100 people to lose their jobs at any time. This is devastating for the families and there will be a serious knock-on for the Braunton area. The factory is a success and has brought employment to Wrafton and Braunton. But we have nothing to replace these jobs. There is nothing new coming into the area to give these people employment. "We just hope now that Perrigo will be successful in replacing the lost work with other contracts that will enable them to take these people back.