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City's landmark chimney blown up

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About 1,000 people saw the chimney being demolished

Wolverhampton's landmark Goodyear chimney has been demolished.

About 1,000 people watched the 55m (180ft) chimney be blown up, marking the end of an eight-month demolition of the tyre factory in which it stood.

About 660 homes and shops will be built on the site of the factory, in Bushbury, where manufacturing stopped in 2003.

Property developing company St Modwen said it hoped the first houses would be built in 2010.

James Bailey, from Goodyear, said: "The redevelopment of this part of the site has allowed us to reinvest in our plant on the adjacent site."


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