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The Fifteen Story Flats

We saw them go up and we saw them come down!

When I first moved to Longbenton in 1954 the rent was 15/4d a week and there were no street lights.

It was pitch black because, at that time, there were just fields all around us, no other houses or factories.  I can always remember when the fifteen storey flats were being built and the foundations were being put in with big pile driving machines.

My daughter and I used to sit and watch the building work, as the tower went up and up.  Just recently this block has been demolished.  I never thought I’d live to see them knocked down, as well as built!

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