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Bird's eye view of Ironbridge Power Station towers - watch the video

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They are a well-known feature of the Shropshire landscape – but few people are likely to have seen them from this angle before.

A county photographer has taken his drone over the Ironbridge Power Station, in a bid to capture the cooling towers from a unique angle before they are demolished.

Paul Harvey, of Ketley Grange, Telford, flew his machine over the power station about a month ago, capturing the site in its entirety and even peering inside one of the pink cooling towers.

The 48-year-old auditor said he has long been interested in photography, starting out using normal SLR cameras.

But he said the use of drones, which he took up two years ago, combines two of his hobbies. He said: "I've always been interested in flying, I used to do paragliding and parakiting on the Long Mynd, where I have now done a video.

"Being able to fly and take photos is ideal."

Mr Harvey said he is now on his third drone, with technology rapidly improving in the field.

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He said initially the technique is quite hard to get to grips with, balancing flying and filming, but he is pleased with the improvements he sees in each of his videos.

He has started his own channel on YouTube and already uploaded 13 videos.

He said: "I am improving all the time, I'm new to video editing but I can see that I am making progress all the time."

He said it was his interest in buildings that drove him to film over Ironbridge Power Station. He said: "I know they are not going to be there forever and they are thinking about demolishing the towers.

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"I thought it was a good opportunity before they disappear."

Mr Harvey said he was pleased with how the video had come out, though the low sun had left some glare.

The power station, in Buildwas Road, was switched off on November 20, 2015, and is still being decommissioned.

Work is now going on behind the scenes to find the best use for the plant after it was officially switched off following 46 years of service due to an EU directive.

Under EU rules, ageing plants like Ironbridge were legally limited in the emissions they can produce and its operating hours were restricted in 2008.

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It was announced that once decommissioning has finished, in early 2017, owners Uniper will look towards its demolition.

Though its position in Buildwas puts the power station under Shropshire Council, the power station has always been an imposing feature over the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site in Telford & Wrekin Council's area.

Councillors from both authorities have spoken of their hopes that the site will be used in the best possible way.

As for Mr Harvey, he plans to continue flying over the Shropshire landscape, with recent videos taking in breathtaking sights of the Shropshire Hills covered in snow.

He said: "I have lots of plans, I just jump in my car of a weekend and go off somewhere.

"I do lots of hill and mountain walking with the Telford All-Terrain Walkers so that gives me lots of good ideas of different places to film."

* See more videos at Mr Harvey's YouTube channel

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