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Cleveland barred from Wembley party

SACKED WEMBLEY steelwork contractor Cleveland Bridge was not invited to a gala celebration at the stadium site last week, despite the event being organised partly to celebrate the successful erection of the stadium's spectacular arch.

Cleveland had just completed erection of the arch before its contract was terminated by main contractor Multiplex in July (NCE 8 July). Dutch firm Hollandia has since been brought in for the remaining roof structures.

Last week's event was timed to celebrate the start of England's qualifying campaign for the 2006 World Cup.

Guest appearances included Prime Minister Tony Blair, England captain David Beckham and manager Sven Goran Eriksson.

It was hosted by stadium client Wembley National Stadium Limited.

A WNSL spokesman said that 'no subcontractors were invited' to the event, despite it being organised partly to mark the halfway point of construction of the new stadium.

A Cleveland spokeswoman said that 'on Teesside at least everyone knows who put up the arch'.

Meanwhile steelworkers this week warned that work 'would come to a halt' within the next two weeks after receiving official sanction for strike action from the GMB trade union.

The union gave the strike action its official backing last Wednesday.

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