Going, going, gone!

11/2/12     EB''The demolition of the Copnor Fire Station tower was completed on Saturday.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (120509-1)
11/2/12 EB''The demolition of the Copnor Fire Station tower was completed on Saturday.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (120509-1)
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COPNOR fire station’s iconic tower has been pulled down as workers demolish the site to make way for a rest home.

Crowds gathered at the Copnor Road site on Saturday to watch as the 60ft tower was taken apart by a cherry picker.

The work is being carried out by Portsmouth Demolition and after a month the job is almost finished.

Project manager Luke St Ledger said: ‘People are interested in it. We had quite a crowd watching it come down.

‘It’s important to local people. We’ve had lots of ex-firemen who used to serve here taking pictures and bits and pieces.’

The fire station closed in January 2008.

It will be replaced by a 50-bed care home, a scheme planners unanimously backed in November.