Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

D-Day for Old Power Plant Stacks

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

D-Day for Old Power Plant Stacks

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Byline: By Vince Gledhill

A date has finally been set for the demolition of the former Blyth Power Station.

The four giant chimneys that have dominated the Northumberland skyline for half a century are to be blown up on Sunday, December 7.

Before the chimneys are brought down, 400 people in 130 properties close to the site will be evacuated from their homes as a safety precaution.

Final details of the operation will be confirmed at a meeting next month, but Brown & Mason, the London firm behind the huge operation plan to treat the temporarily displaced families to a slap-up breakfast for their inconvenience.

The chimneys, two 550 feet high and two 450 feet, are now all that is left of the old power plant. Originally they were to be demolished this month, but this has been delayed because of the complexity of the operation.

Tony Tynan, of Brown & Mason, said this will be the first time four chimneys of this size have been brought down at the same time anywhere in Britain. …

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