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Gateshead Council has invited none other than Sylvester Stallone to the city - in a bid to stop him joining a campaign to save the towncentre car park from demolition.

The council wants to show Stallone what an eyesore the structure, designed by Owen Luder in the 1960s, has allegedly become. Demolition would pave the way for a major retail and leisure complex masterplan, devised by Damond Lock Grabowski. The conservation campaign, orchestrated by the Michael Caine Appreciation Society, has also asked the Rocky actor because of his lead role in the remake of the 1971 cult classic Get Carter , due out next month.

The car park was where Mr Big, played by the late Brian Mosley (aka Alderman Alf Roberts in Coronation Street ), was pushed over the edge by Jack Carter, played by Caine. Sir Michael, it seems, is unperturbed. He has requested a piece of the rubble for his mantelpiece.

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