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Final curtain for Carter car park

Get Carter car park illuminated
The car park will be demolished later this year

Part of a Tyneside landmark used in the Michael Caine film Get Carter, is being opened to the public for the last time before being bulldozed.

Gateshead's multi-storey car park featured in the 1971 gangster film in a scene where Caine's character throws a man from the upper level.

The stark concrete building is due to be demolished this year to make way for a town centre redevelopment.

The upper level is being opened to the public over the weekend.

The car park has also been specially illuminated, giving local residents, many of whom have welcomed its demise, a unique view of the structure.

Dominated skyline

Gateshead Council's director of communities and culture David Bunce said: "Whilst the car park must make way for the redevelopment, we do not believe that its passing should be unmarked.

"The car park has become part of Gateshead folklore and has dominated the skyline of Tyneside for 30 years.

"We know that everyone has a view on the car park and its brutalist architecture so we want to provide one last chance to see the structure in the night sky before it has to make way for redevelopment."

The supermarket giant Tesco bought the site and plans to replace it with a superstore, apartments and cinema.

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