On the 15th October 1980 I joined a lot of other Bilston people to watch the final demolition of the Elisabeth blast furnace.
I took up a position on Millfields Road. At about 9.40 am this is what I saw:
There was the office block and the old familiar Elisabeth furnace, still standing.
But at 10 o'clock ...
... there was a bang and a puff of smoke blew out of the bottom of the furnace.
Elisabeth started to fall ...
... and came crashing down.
Then everything disappeared in a cloud of dust - and people started bobbing up and own to see what was going on.
The dust started to settle and we started to see what had happened.
After a few minutes we could see Elisabeth was gone. It was all over and we all turned for home.click here to return to memories page