The site's chimney stack, triple flare stack and gas holder were demolished on Thursday, marking the very end of what was once a staple of the Redcar skyline.

The Redcar steelworks, which closed in 2015 following the liquidation of SSI UK, is being knocked down to prepare the ground for regeneration as part of the Teesworks project.

There has been several demotions over the years – including back in October, where onlookers watched the 65-metre-high Basic Oxygen Steelmaking plant come down in what is believed to be one of the biggest explosive demolitions in the UK.

The final iteration of the demolition – a goodbye to the proud history Redcar was built upon – saw the chimney stack as the last to fall.

Many Redcar residents reported a loud bang at around 1pm, which could also be heard from surrounding East Cleveland towns.

Lord Heseltine, who pressed the button on the concluding clear out, said: “It’s unbelievable the potential of this site. I know from my experience how long it takes to turn the opportunity into reality.

“But you will see in the years to come, you will look back on this as one of the great opportunities for the North East of England, and of course, Teesside.”

Throughout the demolition process, it took 3,300kg of explosives and hundreds of workers to bring the steelwork structures to the ground.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen described the demolition as “a bittersweet day”, adding: “It’s a real honour Lord Heseltine has agreed to push the button on our final Teesworks demolition.”

He added: “Our Joint Venture Partners, investors and contractors are cracking on at Teesworks and our progress on the recommendations in the initial report shows how far we’ve come, and how far we have to go in bringing prosperity and good, well-paid jobs to people in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool.”

A comment from us: Although it’s a sad day for Redcar, marking the end of what has long been our identity, the steelworks will forever be a proud part of this town.

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