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Newbury's cardboard Donnington Castle 'topples early'

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Media captionOrganisers said "very gusty" weather brought the artwork down early

A giant cardboard replica of Donnington Castle was toppled by the wind before it could be dramatically demolished as part of a celebration of the artwork, organisers have said.

French artist Olivier Grossetete assembled "The People's Tower" in Newbury town centre with help from members of the public on Sunday.

Those who built it were supposed to demolish it at 16:00 BST on Monday.

However, organisers said "very gusty" weather brought it down early.

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Image caption Organisers said "very gusty" weather brought the cardboard castle down early

The castle was created during the free event in Market Place without the use of cranes or machinery, and was part of an outdoor events programme supported by Greenham Common Trust and the Arts Council.

Grossetete has created several other large cardboard replicas, including Dundee's Royal Arch.

The Corn Exchange, which helped organise the event, said: "After a beautiful and sunny day yesterday, today the weather was not in our favour and after a very gusty morning, the tower toppled early."

However, organisers said although it could no longer be demolished a celebration of the work went ahead as planned - and the castle was instead trampled.

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Image caption The castle was created during the free event in Market Place without the use of cranes or machinery

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