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Last day for aluminium smelter

A Northumberland aluminium smelter is closing today. Rio Tinto Alcan announced the closure of the Lynemouth smelter on March 6.

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A life support system for 3,000 jobs

Alcan worker, Paul Scott, outside the Lynemouth plant Credit: ITV

Paul Scott, a worker at Alcan, describes today as "the end of the line for aluminium smelting in England."Bill Armstrong, a casting plant operator, said: "They're switching off a life support system for 3,000 jobs."

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