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Monday 21 May, 2001

Yorklyde PLC


Yorklyde PLC
21 May 2001

                          YORKLYDE PLC

               Disposal of Westcountry Clothing

Yorklyde Plc ('Yorklyde'), a manufacturer of high value  cloth
and   accessories  for  the  luxury  goods  sector  and   high
specification  fabrics  for  use in  the  transport  industry,
announces today that it has completed the disposal of its loss-
making     outerwear     business,    Westcountry     Clothing
('Westcountry'), based in Devon, through a management buy  out
led by the previous general manager, Graham Shaw.

Whilst  Westcountry's sales have started to recover  following
rationalisation  last year, it continued to sustain  operating
losses  in  the  first three months of the  current  financial
year.   As announced in February 2001, the decision to dispose
of  Westcountry  was  taken  after a  comprehensive  strategic
review  by  the Board concluded that it no longer fitted  into
Yorklyde's core weaving activities.

The  net  proceeds of the sale of the business and certain  of
its  assets, excluding property, realised £314,000.   Yorklyde
has  agreed  a  licensing arrangement allowing Westcountry  to
continue manufacturing clothing under the Invertere label.

Commenting  on  the  disposal,  Charles  Brook,  Chairman   of
Yorklyde Plc, said:

'The  strategic focus of Yorklyde's business has traditionally
been  on  its  weaving activities. Today's  announcement  will
enable us to focus management and financial resources fully on
developing the continuing core operations, manufacturing  high
value  cloth and accessories for the luxury goods  sector  and
high specification fabrics for use in the transport industry.

'The  continuing businesses returned to profitability  in  the
financial  year  just ended and all are experiencing  improved
order  books  resulting in high levels of activity,  which  we
anticipate will benefit the Group's performance in the current

For further information, please contact:

Yorklyde Plc                                      01484 683611
Charles Brook, Chairman
Humphrey Scott, Finance Director

Golin/Harris Ludgate                             020 7324 8888
Reg Hoare/Katie Jackson

Notes to editors:

Westcountry, established in 1987 on the original site  of  the
Invertere  Coat  Company, specialises in  the  manufacture  of
duffel  and sporting coats and employs 43 staff.  It has  been
successful  in carving a niche in the luxury outerwear  market
both  with  its  own  brand  of  clothing  and  with  clothing
manufactured  on behalf of branded luxury goods  retailers  in
the  UK, USA, Europe and Japan.  Invertere was purchased  from
Daks Simpson in 1998 and is well known for the manufacture  of
high quality outerwear in the UK and overseas.


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