Huddersfield’s former Sports Centre is no more.

Demolition contractors today brought down the final wall of the building as part of a huge contract to clear the site.

Large excavators were brought in to bring down the end wall of the building, which closed last summer when the new Huddersfield Leisure Centre was opened, at a cost of £35m.

Its final moments were captured on film by Kevin Barrett, who was at the telephone exchange in Southgate.

His footage shows the wall gradually falling inwards accompanied by a huge cloud of dust.

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It was on July 24, 1973, that Princess Royal Princess Anne opened the centre along with the last Mayor of Huddersfield, Clr John Mernagh. The royal guest was presented with honorary membership of the centre by Clr Mernagh.

It finally closed 42 years later when Kirklees Active Leisure opened the new £35m Huddersfield Leisure Centre at Springwood last summer.

Demolition of Huddersfield Sports Centre and neighbouring flats.

The old site is going along with the tower blocks of flats named after sports stars Anita Lonsbrough and Derek Ibbotson, the former Pine Street car park, the council’s computer centre and a host of former industrial buildings.

South Yorkshire-based Demex has won the contract and expect it to take 30 weeks.

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The site will then be levelled and marketed for future development by Kirklees Council.

The former Sports Centre, which was opened by Princess Anne in July 1973, was used by tens of thousands of people over the years.

It housed a swimming pool, a diving pool, an indoor bowling rink, a climbing wall and squash courts as well as the main hall which hosted natiional and international sporting events including boxing and netball.

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It was on July 24, 1973, that Princess Royal Princess Anne opened the centre along with the last Mayor of Huddersfield, Clr John Mernagh. The royal guest was presented with honorary membership of the centre by Clr Mernagh.

It finally closed 42 years later when Kirklees Active Leisure opened the new Huddersfield Leisure Centre at Springwood last summer.

Final piece of Huddersfield Sports Centre which came down on 24-5-16

The old site is going along with the tower blocks of flats named after sports stars Anita Lonsbrough and Derek Ibbotson, the former Pine Street car park, the council’s computer centre and a host of former industrial buildings.

Scaffolding has now gone up around the flats to prevent debris falling on to the footpaths.

South Yorkshire-based Demex has won the contract and said it will take 30 weeks.

The site will then be levelled and marketed for future development by Kirklees Council.