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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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Northumberland aluminium smelter closes

Northumberland's long history of aluminium smelting has come to an end with the closure of the Alcan smelter at Lynemouth.

More than 500 people will lose their jobs by the end of the year, in what the GMB Union described as a "catastrophic" day for the region.

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