Hundreds of staff made redundant from the Hall's of Broxburn factory have attended a jobs fair in the town, according to organisers.

The event in West Lothian was arranged for staff at the meat-processing plant where a total of 1700 jobs will go.

More than 30 employers looking to recruit staff for other roles in the meat-processing industry and other sectors were also at the fair. organised by the Scottish Government's Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (Pace).

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Donald Lumsden, Pace chair for West Lothian, said: "The team is keen to help them move into employment or on to training as quickly as possible and today's event has already helped a number of staff in achieving that."

Patrick McGinley, director of Prestige Nursing Care, said: "As a local employer, I am aware of the impact the closure of the plant will have on the community, so events like this are vital.

"I was eager to get involved not only because it will help people find jobs but it will also give me the chance to potentially recruit staff with transferable skills applicable to our sector."