FURTHER details have been announced as to how people can get the chance to blow up a landmark chimney and help raise vital funds for two good causes in the process.
The Steetley chimney, which is visible across the Hartlepool skyline, is set to be razed to the ground as part of the ongoing work to clear the former chemical site.
The prize of pushing the button is being raffled off in a bid to raise funds for Hartlepool RNLI and Hartlepool & District Hospice.
Now the full list of venues selling the tickets has been revealed.
They are available from:
l Hartlepool & District Hospice, in Wells Avenue;
l Hospice shops in Middleton Grange Shopping Centre, Northgate, Wynyard Road, Raby Road and Encore, in York Road.
l Tickets are also available from Towers hair salon, in Tower Street, the Nursery Inn, in Hopps Street, and The Studio, in Tower Street.
The tickets went on sale over the course of the Diamond Jubilee festival with representatives from both charities selling them outside Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.
Around 300 were sold and organisers are looking to boost sales in the coming weeks.
Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at Hartlepool & District Hospice, said: “We are really excited to be a part of this innovative fundraising drive.
“Since the launch there has been a lot of positive interest.
“I would like to thank all those that have shown their support so far.”
Steetley Chimney Blast tickets cost £1 and the structure is scheduled to be demolished on Sunday, July 29.
The controversial site, plagued by arsonists and trespassers in recent years, is being cleared five years after the Hartlepool Mail launched a campaign to get the area made safe.
Mayor Stuart Drummond nominated the charities and will draw the winning ticket on Wednesday, July 18.
The winning ticket holder gets to press the button and also wins an iPad.
Second prize is a sea fishing trip for four adults and six children and third prize is a luxury weekend break for two.
Fourth prize is a £100 Marks & Spencer voucher.
Plus there are plenty of other prizes available.
Sirius North East has been contracted to clear the Steetley site by the land’s owners, Starford Holdings and the work is well under way at the Old Cemetery Road location.
The operation will see the remains of existing hazardous structures demolished, debris cleared and the land levelled off ready for its future use.
The owners have planning permission for a £100m housing development of 484 seaview homes.
Any business interested in selling raffle tickets should call the hospice on (01429) 855529.