A military boot maker in the UK will close down after losing a long-standing supply contract with the Ministry of Defence (MOD).

Northampton manufacturer Haynes and Cann, which makes boots for military aircrews, has had no orders from the MOD since May and no contract for orders beyond January 2011.

Managing director Brian Keech told just-style: "The news was quite devastating, but we are now reconciled and trying to celebrate the 90 years we have had in operations."

Keech said the MOD had terminated the contract as part of a "cost-driven exercise".

Despite recent efforts to secure business with British Aerospace, Haynes and Cann cannot make up the shortfall and will cease operations.

The company, which was founded in 1919 and has had contracts with the Ministry of Defence for around 60 years, let half of its workforce go in May. A further 14 workers have now been made redundant, but Keech said the company had found new roles for most staff at local firms, with others opting to retire.