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Pledge over Get Carter car park

Gateshead 'Get Carter' car park
The car park is prominent on the Gateshead skyline

Developers say a landmark car park featured in the film Get Carter will be demolished in the next few months.

The Trinity Square building, made famous in the 1971 film starring Michael Caine, is due to be knocked down in a regeneration scheme.

It closed to the public for the last time in January, but is still standing.

There is a group to save the car park on Facebook and Chris Riley, from the Get Carter Appreciation Society, said it was part of the town's personality.

The car park is a prominent part of the Gateshead skyline.

'Complex project'

It is being cleared to make way for a development which will include a Tesco, retail units, healthcare facility, offices and student accommodation.

Council director of development and enterprise Sheila Johnston said it was a "huge and complex" redevelopment.

She said: "There is no particular delay. If you actually see the town centre at the moment a lot of the demolition has already taken place.

"The demolition was always going to be phased. The actual multi-storey car park and the market hall are all that remains there.

"They were always going to be the last elements of the demolition because they are so complex.

"The rest of it had to be taken down first before we moved on to that."

She said there were no definite dates for the demolition but it should be happening in the next few months.

But Mr Riley said: "It is ugly and unique. It is part of Gateshead's personality."

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