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‘Floppy disk’ lights go out on 500ft Spinnaker Tower

THE lights display on an iconic 557ft-high tourist attraction has had to be switched off because it was running on technology that became obsolete years ago.

The Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth was built at a cost of £36million to celebrate the millennium. But work overran and it didn’t open until 2005.

Its lights display is run by floppy disks, which were replaced by memory cards and USB drives at around the time the attraction was finished. As well as a system upgrade, the lights are being replaced with energy efficient LED ones. They are due to be switched on again in November.