End of an era as chim­ney felled

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AFORMER Vic­to­rian mill chim­ney has been de­mol­ished - mark­ing ‘the end of an era’ for the bor­ough’s in­dus­trial his­tory.

Around 30 spec­ta­tors watched as the chim­ney at the for­mer Duck­worth Mill on Kirk Road in Church was de­mol­ished on Thurs­day, March 29.

The for­mer mill site, which dates back to 1881, is owned by de­vel­op­ers, Glee­son Homes, and will be used to build 48 new houses.

Dar­ren Sa­gar cap­tured the dra­matic mo­ments the chim­ney was dis­man­tled dur­ing a trip out with his eight-year-old son, Bai­ley, dur­ing the Easter break.

Dar­ren, 45, says the day was both sad and ex­cit­ing, and that the de­mo­li­tion marked an ‘end of an era’.

He said: “I knew it was go­ing to be de­mol­ished be­cause I know some­one who works for the de­mo­li­tion com­pany.

“It was sad to see it go - it was part of our his­tory and in­dus­trial her­itage.

“I’ve been told that it’s the last chim­ney of its kind in the area - there are no more, ap­par­ently.”

Dar­ren says that the site op­er­ated as a mill un­til the 1960s and went on to be man­aged by Mastabar Min­ing Equip­ment - more re­cently it had been left in a state of dis­re­pair.

He said: “I was stand­ing on the far side of the canal bank and I went with my eight-year-old boy.

“It took just over ten min­utes to come down. It was quicker than I ex­pected, given the size of it.

“Once it started, it seemed to come down quite quickly.”

Dar­ren, who lives with wife Pen­nie on Spring Street, says his son will be telling all his friends and teach­ers at Rish­ton Methodist Pri­mary about what he saw and learned on their day out.

Dar­ren says he of­ten walks past the site, along the canal that runs ad­ja­cent. He said: “I do a lot of walk­ing and you could see it for quite a dis­tance but it’s quite strange now - it doesn’t look the same.”

A spokesper­son for Glee­son Homes said the com­pany were look­ing for­ward to start­ing on work on their lat­est devel­op­ment - which they have named ‘St James’ Court’.

They said: “We will be look­ing to em­ploy lo­cal peo­ple and we would like to in­vite build­ing work­ers, sub­con­trac­tors and young peo­ple look­ing for ap­pren­tice­ships to con­tact us.

“We also of­fer spon­sor­ship to ju­nior sports teams and hope that a lo­cal one con­tacts us so that we can pro­vide some spon­sor­ship.” AC­CRING­TON and Rossendale Col­lege stu­dents will present a self-pro­duced dig­i­tal project to try to win £2,000.

Twenty BTEC Level 2 Me­dia and ICT stu­dents learned the skills and knowl­edge needed to suc­cess­fully plan, pro­duce and present a cre­ative or dig­i­tal project at work­shops in Fe­bru­ary.

They cre­ated an app called Socs al­low­ing con­sumers to find clothes they would like to or­der on­line at the cheap­est price, with the guar­an­tee of be­ing in stock.

Groups were del­e­gated spe­cific roles that al­lowed ev­ery­one to con­tribute to the fin­ished prod­uct.

Stu­dents cre­ated a mock de­sign of the app, it was mar­keted on so­cial me­dia, costs of au­then­tic cre­ation were pre­dicted, a web­site was built for ad­ver­tis­ing pur­poses and a fi­nal video was made, to show what stu­dents had cre­ated.

The fin­ished prod­uct and video will be pre­sented at the Dig­i­tal Ad­vance Grad­u­a­tion and Com­pe­ti­tion Prize Day event on April 13.

Kris Leeson, com­put­ing pro­gramme leader, said: “I’m re­ally proud of the ini­tia­tive the stu­dents have shown through­out this ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Dar­ren Sa­gar cap­tured these im­ages as the chim­ney was de­mol­ished

Photo: Dar­ren Sa­gar

The land­mark chim­ney be­fore it was pulled down

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