Icon or eyesore?

THIS WEEK IN 1998: Havant woman is hit by a falling window

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The Spinnaker Tower opened on this day in 2005 after years of delays, political wrangling and spiralling costs.

With a height of 560ft it is the tallest accessible structure in the UK outside London.

In a profile of Portsmouth, The Guardian reported that ‘a certain chippy provincialism still haunts the place, starting with the council.’

It added: ‘The Spinnaker Tower – some call it an icon, those with eyes in their head call it a carbuncle. It doesn’t know how beautiful its geography makes it’ – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.

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