THESE fantastic drone pictures have captured in full how the iconic former Thwaites brewery site in Blackburn town centre now looks.

The town’s skyline has changed forever since the bulldozers moved in a few months ago to start work demolishing the former brewery site - which ended 211 years of brewing in Blackburn.

Tony Billington, a budding drone pilot, flew his DJI Mavic 2 Pro around 200 feet into the air to capture these images.

The iconic brewing tower, along with the relevant distribution and holding buildings, have all been reduced to rubble.

Mr Billington, 68, from Blackburn, said he was pleased with the results.

He said: “The technology these days means we can get great pictures we never could before.

“I’m really happy with the pictures - the quality is great.

“I started taking photographs with black and white film and now I can fly a machine over my head to take hundreds of photos - it’s incredible.”

Production of ale ended in May last year and was transferred to the company’s new home in Sykes Holt, near Mellor Brook.

Two pubs ­— Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which closed more than a decade ago, and The Veteran, on Salford, which has not traded for 10 years ­— were also demolished

The now-closed Fleece pub and the former visitors’ centre in the premises, once used by The Waterloo at the corner of Penny Street and Barbara Castle Way, have been kept.