Sunday, 15 November 2015

Wet Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

The dismal rainy weather continues and tonight seems worse than ever.

The plan is to get some images as Hawick Court in Greenock is demolished in the early hours of Sunday.

To keep active before then a trip across to Clydebank to see the Titan Crane - illuminated in the colours of the French flag to pay tribute to the victims of the Paris terror attacks.

Then on up to Glasgow and a whistle stop to grab an image of the SSE Hydro similarly illuminated.

With expectations that the demolition at Greenock may begin at 02:00 rather than the anticipated 02:30 it's a quick journey down.

If anything the rain is getting heavier and at this stage I'm questioning my sanity.

Arrived at Greenock having negotiated the start of flooding on the roads - a location is decided upon and I settle in for the wait.

The time comes and goes and eventually a very kind gentleman from the housing association comes to advise there is a delay of about 45 minutes as control of the railway line has just been secured.

After more time elapses and having all but given up, eventually the first siren sounds, followed by the second siren warning, before the final warning shot is fired.

Just after 04:00 the charges are fired and Hawick Court comes tumbling to the ground and all appears to have gone to plan.

Head home after negotiating the traffic control near Pottery Street as the road is now deeply flooded - felt like I was driving through a section of the Clyde.

Then on home for coffee and toast and a bit of editing before climbing in to bed just after 06:00 - been a long day.

SSE Hydro in Glasgow

Titan Crane in Clydebank

Tears from the Sky

Awaiting Detonation

 Starting to Collapse

 Continuing Downwards

 Almost Down

Now the Dust Settles

More images are available at - - better resolution and options to licence.