It has been a landmark in Huddersfield for more than 40 years.

But its days are now definitely numbered.

The old Sports Centre - opened by Princess Anne in 1973 - is expected to vanish from the skyline within days as part of a massive demolition contract.

The last sections of the Hall are likely to vanish early next week as contractors working for South Yorkshire-based Demex continue to clear the sprawling site bounded by Southgate, Leeds Road and Old Leeds Road.

Demolition of Huddersfield Sports Centre.

What was once home to a myriad of sports ranging from swimming to squash, bowls to boxing, has been reduced to mounds of stone and rubble.

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Once the Centre has gone, the contractors are expected to move on to start work on the next phase of the project.

Ironically, they are to demolish two landmark tower blocks named after Huddersfield sporting heroes.

The Lonsbrough and Ibbotson flats are named after Olympic swimmer Anita Lonsbrough and top athlete Derek Ibbotson.

WATCH below as the demolition begins

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The flats were closed down more than a year ago and will be demolished piece by piece. Contractors have ruled out using explosives as gas and water pipes run beneath the site.

The entire site will be flattened and levelled before being handed back to Kirklees Council who will then market it for future development.