Textile firm Drummond Parkland, which last month announced it was cutting nearly half its workforce, is to stay open but will focus on high value ladies' wear rather than low value men's wear - which will be shifted abroad.

70 job losses out of a 150-strong workforce were axed last month after French-based parent group Chargeurs said it was switching fabric production to France, Portugal and Lithuania.

Parkland managing director Neil Roberts said deteriorating trading conditions meant Drummond Parkland results "are far behind expectations." But he added: "The plan has always been to keep the [Park Valley Mills] plant open."

He said the company would manufacture ladies' wear that offered customers "greater value, quality and quick response".