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Billionaire Barclay brothers wind up work on Brecqhou

Brecqhou and property built by the Barclay Brothers
Image caption Building and landscaping has been carried out on the island since 1993

The billionaire Barclay brothers have wound up their development project on the Channel Island of Brecqhou.

Island Manager Mark Harrison, who is leaving his post, said two vessels that serve the island are also to be sold.

Work on Brecqhou, including a £60m gothic-style mansion, began in 1993 when Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay bought the Channel Island.

Eight jobs are to go from the workforce which include stonemasons, gardeners and mariners.

Mr Harrison said with "everything now running smoothly" they were entering a period of maintenance.

Image caption The Brecqhou Lass will continue to ferry passengers and goods to and from the island
Image caption The Brecqhou Warrior, a former Royal Navy landing craft, and the Brecqhou Chief are to be sold

Mr Harrison said he has resigned, although a new island manager with a slightly different role will be selected in the months ahead.

He said he will offer what help he could to those who would be losing their jobs.

The vessel Brecqhou Lass will continue to serve the island, but the Chief and the Warrior are being put up for sale.

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Image caption Sir David Barclay (left) and his twin brother Sir Frederick after receiving their knighthoods in 2000

The 80-year-old Barclay twins have assets include the Daily and Sunday Telegraph group, mail order firm Littlewoods, the Ritz Hotel and according to the Sunday Times Rich List are worth £6bn.

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