16:28 Monday 16 December 2013

BREAKING NEWS - End of an era as Marmite tower set to be torn down

Written byROB SMYTH

AN iconic part of Burton’s skyline is set to disappear forever – after bosses who make Britain’s most divisive spread made a decision which people will either ‘love or hate’.

Unilever has revealed that it had taken the decision to demolish the famous Marmite tower at the firm’s base in Wellington Road due to the cost of repairs that would be needed to make it safe.

Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths told the Mail the news was ‘sad’ for the town but Unilever’s continued employment of hundreds of people in the town was ‘more important’.

He said: “The Marmite tower has been an important and iconic part of Burton for some time and its loss will be a sad one on the landscape of the town.

“It really is sad to see it disappear and I am sure many others will be sad to see that it is being demolished.

“However, the most important thing is the large numbers of jobs that Unilever and the Marmite brand bring to the town.

“While the demolition is something that nobody wants to see, if it helps to secure the long-term future of the firm’s workforce in Burton then it is something that we will all have to accept as the best outcome.”

The move to take down the water tower at the Marmite plant comes after a recent survey found that expensive repair work needed to be undertaken to make sure that it remained safe.

A spokesman for Unilever said: “It’s an end of an era, but the Marmite water tower needs costly repairs to ensure it remains safe, so the decision has been made to take it down.

“People of Burton, and lovers of Marmite nationwide, rest assured this will not affect the production of the nation’s favourite spread and it’s business as usual at the factory.”

Demolition at the site is now under way although bosses were unable to say how long it would take before the work was completed.

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