The last boilers from Berkeley Nuclear Power Station move through town to Sharpness Docks on their way to Sweden
IT WAS the end of an era for Berkeley as the last two 310-tonne boilers were removed slowly but surely from the nuclear power station.
Hundreds of people lined the roads along the route from the decommissioned station through the town centre to bid farewell to the last of the 16 boilers on Friday.
It culminates the impressive engineering feat of moving 4,665 tonnes of metal to a special recycling plant in Sweden as part of the decommissioning of the site.
The large loads, measuring 21.3 metres long and 5.3 metres wide and carried on 144-wheeled trailers, were part of a large convoy of trucks, police cars and electricians who ensured the trip to Sharpness Docks went unhindered.
For the full report and pictures of the boilers' departure, see tomorrow's Gazette (Thursday, March 21).