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13 June 2016

THE eight redundant chimneys that dominated the skyline in Lynemouth for 40 years have been demolished, marking the end of four decades of aluminium smelting. A number of controlled explosions were carried out to demolish the chimneys at 11.00 a.m. on Sunday 12th June 2016.

Owners Rio Tinto Alcan mothballed the plant in Lynemouth in 2011 due to the high cost of energy, with the loss of 515 jobs. Work to decommission the site has been carried out since 2012. It is hoped new investment and jobs will be created at the site. The Lynemouth smelter, which opened in 1972, was estimated to contribute £60m to Northumberland's economy.

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