Staff at the Stornoway TalkTalk call centre are to be given a farewell dinner by their bosses before the doors close on the centre.

A total of 59 employees were handed their notice after broadband services company decided in January that their Stornoway centre was to close.

A spokesman for TalkTalk’s management told today: “To mark the contribution of the team to TalkTalk over the years, we will be holding a thank you dinner in Stornoway next week.”

Remaining employees at the Gleann Seilach business park centre will turn up for work for the last time next Wednesday (July 31st).

Politicians and business advisers have tried to find ways to support staff, who were offered either redundancy packages or relocation to TalkTalk’s mainland centres.

In early June Isles MSP Alasdair Allan asked a question in the Scottish Parliament about possible replacement jobs and other support for former employees. Minister for business, fair work and skills Jamie Hepburn,replied at that time: “The Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and partnership action for continuing employment—PACE—partners are continuing their contact with TalkTalk and with the staff who face redundancy to ensure that all employment opportunities are explored, and that pay support is provided.”