Looking down the Firth of Clyde.
The chimney of Inverkip Power Station has dominated this view since the 1970s but on 28th July it’s being demolished by explosives. At 236m (778ft) it’s currently the tallest free standing structure in Scotland and made up of 1.4 million bricks and 20,000 tons of concrete. Most of the power station has already been torn down and cleared and the site will be used to build hundreds of houses, although no work is being done to upgrade the surrounding roads or infrastructure.
I still remember going to an open day at the plant with my dad and grandad when I was maybe 4 or 5 and having a tour of the whole place. I thought it was amazing and it’s one of the few proper memories I have of my grandad before he succumbed to that scourge of the Clyde, mesothelioma, caused by working with asbestos in the shipyards.
I for one will miss the chimney, along with many who sail the River Clyde who see it as a reassuring landmark.