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Last opening for Carter car park

Gateshead 'Get Carter' car park
The top floor of the car park has been closed for several years

The top floor of Gateshead town centre's iconic car park, made famous in the 1970s film Get Carter, is being opened to the public for one last time.

The stark concrete building is due to be demolished in the next few months as part of the area's redevelopment.

Its top level, which has been closed for several years, has panoramic views of Tyneside.

The visits, on 26 and 27 April, are being organised by Tesco's development arm Spenhill, which owns the site.

The supermarket giant is bulldozing the 1960s Trinity Square complex to make way for a superstore, apartments and cinema.

David Bunce, director of culture and communities at Gateshead Council, said: "The car park has dominated Gateshead's skyline for over 30 years and has been a constant talking point for the different opinions of those who either love, hate or are indifferent about it.

"There is still much interest in the structure's architecture and we wanted to give people the chance to have one last look at the views across Newcastle and Gateshead from the top before it makes way for a new development."




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