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Water set to be pumped out of Aberdeen's Rubislaw Quarry

Rubislaw Quarry has been bought by two businessmen
Image caption The Rubislaw Quarry in Aberdeen covers a five-acre site

Water is to be pumped out of Aberdeen's Rubislaw Quarry for the first time since it stopped operating several decades ago.

The 450ft deep hole is almost full of rainwater accumulated over more than 40 years, leading to fears it could cause flooding.

Owners Hugh Black and Sandy Whyte have installed pumping equipment which will be switched on later this week.

The aim is to develop a heritage centre.

The quarry is credited with giving Aberdeen its Granite City name.

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