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Northfleet's landmark cement chimneys are demolished

Landmark cement towers demolished

Two 168m (550ft) chimneys which dominated part of the north Kent skyline have been demolished.

Scores of people watched the twin towers at Lafarge Cement site in Northfleet, Kent, come down on Sunday.

The demolition, which the firm said was the largest in Europe, marks the end of nearly 200 years of cement production at Northfleet.

Lafarge wants to turn the site into a mixed use development that includes homes, shops and a riverside promenade.

It also wants to build an aggregates import terminal at the former cement works, which shut in 2008, creating about 100 jobs.

In 2009, when the firm announced the redevelopment plans, David Simms, of Lafarge, said: "We have a clear vision for the future of the site to reconnect the existing Northfleet community with the riverside; revitalise a range of employment opportunities in the area and regenerate formerly derelict land to the benefit of new and existing communities."

A charity text competition was used to select the person who pressed the demolition button, with the money raised going to the Kent Air Ambulance Trust and Ellenor Lions Hospices.

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