Long-standing footwear company Clarks is closing down its last UK shoe factory, as it shifts its production operations overseas.

The closure of the Ilminister, Somerset plant, will take place in April, leaving 90 out of work.

Clarks, which has been making shoes in the UK for 175 years, is moving manufacturing to the Far East, where production costs are cheaper.

The company's bosses say that the decision was vital to ensure the business' survival, as the cost of production in the UK continues to rise.

Clarks began outsourcing production overseas 15 years ago to countries such as China, India and Romania, and has since gone on to lay off thousands of UK workers across the south-west of England.