Thousands of people gathered to watch the demolition of one of the most famous buildings on the Glasgow skyline.
Former residents joined architecture fans and local people to see one of the towering blocks of the Red Road flats come down.
Some even sat in deckchairs as the building disappeared in an enormous dust cloud.
The multi-storey building in North Glasgow was blown down in a controlled explosion on Sunday afternoon. It took around 275 kilos of explosives to reduce the steel framed triple block to rubble.
The demolition is part of regeneration plans by the flats' owners the Glasgow Housing Assocation (GHA) and partners. Many of the former tenants of the flats were rehoused locally in some of the 259 new-build homes built by GHA. Others residents moved into new or upgraded GHA homes across the city or other social landlords' new homes.
GHA's executive director of development and regeneration Alex McGuire said: "We are working closely with our partners to make Glasgow a great place to live and create communities people are proud to live in. The Red Road flats were popular in their day and are known around the world, but their time has come to an end. We're pleased the demolition of the first of the Red Road blocks went according to plan."
The remaining seven multi-storey builds in the area are to be demolished by 2017. The bottom storeys of the block are still intact and will be demolished using machines.The clear-up operation will take several months to complete with the steel removed and recycled and the remaining rubble crushed and used as foundations for roads and buildings.
The Red Road flats, which came to embody the city’s high-rise communities, were built in the 1960s and were for a time the tallest construction in Europe, towering at 292ft. They were designed to hold 4,700 people but now just 300 people live there, after decades of slipping into decline. In more recent times they were used to house asylum seekers fleeing political persecution and human rights abuses around the world.
The flats’ status as a symbol of Glasgow, for good and for ill, was cemented when filmmaker Andrea Arnold chose the imposing concrete leviathans as the setting for her 2006 thriller Red Road. The movie, which took the Jury Prize at Cannes, was a Dogme 95-inspired minimalist tale of paranoia and voyeuristic obsession.
The final days of the flats have been documented by artists who were given exclusive access to the abandoned bingo hall beneath the towers for a commemorative exhibition.