So along with the rest of East Lothian I watched the chimneys of Cockenzie power station fall last weekend.
From the seawall at Musselburgh Lagoons ( built out of the waste that poured out of the station) the collapse was graceful and dignified , and the clouds of dust and rubble quickly tidied into neat piles. Would life ever be the same again ? It quickly was ..
My sentiments have now attached themselves to the stub of turbine hall that still occupies the site. I am not alone in feeling this has now grown bigger.. I have the anxiety that one day I will look in the direction of the Forth and it will be gone too – without prior announcement.
I have been rather surprised to hear a couple of public speakers at anti-climate change events celebrate the demolition. I understand that smelly, polluting non-renewable behemoths are not useful in the fight against global warming, but..
But psychologically change is always unsettling and it needs a positive to encourage us we are moving towards something and the gap about what happens to the gap site does not give us that .
I read an article about the chimney demolition which captures this unease, and enclose a photo of our own small memorial to the concrete giants which are gone.