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Changing times: The eight-foot tyre is removed by Jamieson Contracts from the Michelin factory in Ballymena

Changing times: The eight-foot tyre is removed by Jamieson Contracts from the Michelin factory in Ballymena

Changing times: The eight-foot tyre is removed by Jamieson Contracts from the Michelin factory in Ballymena

Changing times: The eight-foot tyre is removed by Jamieson Contracts from the Michelin factory in Ballymena

Changing times: The eight-foot tyre is removed by Jamieson Contracts from the Michelin factory in Ballymena

Changing times: The eight-foot tyre is removed by Jamieson Contracts from the Michelin factory in Ballymena

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Changing times: The eight-foot tyre is removed by Jamieson Contracts from the Michelin factory in Ballymena

The iconic tyre, which stood proudly outside the Michelin factory in Ballymena, has been removed.

Synonymous with the factory and instantly recognisable, it is among the last items to be taken from the factory.

It further heralds the end of an era for the giant of Northern Ireland industry.

Generations have passed through the factory which has been an institution in the town since the first tyre was produced on December 3, 1969.

Production came to a halt in April and the doors closed for the last time in June.

The tyre was removed this week by Jamieson Contracts.

Owner Stuart Jamieson said it was nice to be involved in the removal but that it was sad to see the factory go.

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He said: "I've driven past it for the last 30 odd years."

He continued: "The Michelin factory as a whole will be really missed."

It took about half a day for the removal.

However, it will soon be on display again at A One Tyres in Dromore and will be turned into a showpiece.

There was shock in 2015 when Michelin announced the factory's closure with the loss of 860 jobs.


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