BUCKFAST Tonic Wine has ceased production with immediate effect during the coronavirus pandemic. 

The decision, which bosses say was "not taken lightly" is to adhere to the latest Governement advice issued by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his address to the nation last night.

He said all non-essential businesses should close.

Buckfast, which was originally made by monks at Buckfast Abbey in Devon, is popular among some within the West of Scotland

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A statement read: "Given the unprecedented Covid-19 situation, we wanted to take time to update you on our position.

"With immediate effect our offices and production lines will temporarily close, this decision was not taken lightly, however we must act on the Governments advice.

"Our safety and wellbeing of our employees, and the wider community is of the utmost importance.

"We must play our part in helping to protect our NHS by asking our employees to stay at home. 

"With the temporary closure, our distribution network will be freed up to play it’s part in delivering vital essential commodities across the United Kingdom at this time.

"Our production will commence as soon as we can. Thank you for your understanding."