A while ago I won a competition from Make Mine a Builders tea to demolish a building. I thought it would be cool for my son to press the button cos he’s so cute; and imagine how exciting it would be for a little boy to blow up a building! It could be the start of a beautiful career…?!
We were told it could be a building in Birmingham. My husband said “It must be Cadburyworld! Yeah!” Can you imagine? The kids would be devastated!
Although that building in Brum wasn’t suitable, The PR guy Jonathan was fantastic, he sent us copious amounts of tea while we waited a while for another building to come up. Then the big day finally came on Sunday. It worked well for us because my son was that bit older now so he’ll remember it forever.
We set off early and drove to Longton High School in Stoke on Trent. The weather was quite normal when we left, but we braved blizzards on the M62 (the highest motorway in Britain, don’t you know) then had to ditch the car a mile from the firing point because of the sudden fall of thick snow.
Fortunately Jonathan and John came to the rescue in a 4×4. John must have the coolest job in the world; he gets to blow up stuff for a living! He talked us through the detonation process; holding the big yellow detonator, my son made a grab for it; fortunately it wasn’t armed at the time!
Then the countdown began…
This may sound weird but the snow made the aftermath look stunning.
Seeing the building explode must have been very emotional for former pupils of the school. In one of the vids on Youtube you could hear old alumni in the background as it exploded: “Hooray!!!….Awwwww!” I couldn’t put it better myself!