A LANDMARK demolished earlier this year has made an eerie return in a new music video by rock giants Muse.
Hartlepool’s Steetley chimney and surrounding wasteland feature heavily in footage to accompany album track The 2nd Law: Isolated System.
The futuristic video shows a group of men and women running furiously from some unknown menace through what appears to be the grounds of the former chemical plant.
Other shots clearly show the 230ft-high chimney and Steetley Pier in the background.
The video was released in October to promote Muse’s new The 2nd Law album – four months after the town’s highest landmark was blown up to kickstart a multi-million pound transformation of the site.
The haunting scenes are also broadcast during the Devon group’s concerts when they perform the track live.
The band themselves do not appear in the video and there are rumours it was recorded up to eight years ago.
Muse’s record company has yet to shed any light on the mystery.
Steetley is the subject of the Mail’s ongoing Sort Out Steetley campaign to secure and transform the former chemical plant.
We launched our crusade five years ago in a bid to deter dog walkers, joggers and scavengers from entering the premises.
The chimney was blown up in July by eight-year-old Jamie Brown, a pupil at the town’s Kingsley Primary School, after his granddad, Dave Fricker, 47, won a raffle to press the plunger.
The contest raised more than £3,000 each for Hartlepool & District Hospice and the town’s branch of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RLNI).
Owner Starford Holdings is hopeful of completely flattening the site by next month and has planning permission to build 484 homes as part of a £100m scheme.
The first properties are expected to be finished by the end of next year.
The 2nd Law: Isolated System, one of two largely instrumental title tracks on the new album, which has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide, is not the first video to be recorded at Steetley.
Sunderland band The Futureheads also filmed 2010 single Christmas Was Better In the 80s on the vast site.
Starford spokesman Nick Blezard did not know about the Muse video and added: “If it has come and gone then there is nothing we can do about it.
“I don’t think the land is as interesting any more given all the good work that has gone into clearing the site.”
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