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Amusement site demolition begins
Spanish City dome
The Spanish City fairground was opened in 1910
Derelict properties surrounding a landmark building on North Tyneside are in the process of being demolished.

The move is part of a multi-million pound plan to regenerate Whitley Bay's seafront and Spanish City, famous for its Grade II-listed dome.

The former fairground site was once a popular tourist attraction but has now fallen into disrepair.

Properties around it which are not earmarked for refurbishment and have become an eyesore are being flattened.

Elected Mayor John Harrison said: "This is a big step in our commitment to move on and deliver our regeneration plans for Whitley Bay on the Spanish City site.

"The empty buildings have not only been an eyesore for Whitley Bay, but have also attracted anti-social behaviour.

"By removing them we can prevent further nuisance and ensure a cleared site ready for future development that will boost the seafront and the town as a whole."

The proposed 60m development of the area includes turning the iconic Spanish City building into a 200-seat performance, conference and music rehearsal space.

A hotel, skate park, new housing and library are also planned.

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