A FINAL rallying call has gone out for people to take a chance to change the Hartlepool skyline forever.
Tomorrow marks the final day for people to get their hands on a raffle ticket to be in with a chance of blowing up the landmark Steetley chimney.
Hartlepool RNLI and Hartlepool & District Hospice will both benefit when the chimney at the former chemical works site is demolished later this month.
The prize of pushing the button is being raffled to raise funds for the good causes and people only have a day left to get their hands on a ticket.
Ticket sales are hovering around the 4,000 mark ahead of the draw this Wednesday.
Steetley Chimney Blast tickets cost £1 and the structure is scheduled to be demolished on Sunday, July 29.
Greg Hildreth, events and community facilitator at the hospice, said: “This is the last chance for people to get their hands on a ticket to be in with a chance of blowing up the landmark chimney.
“It is a great prize and a chance to be part of Hartlepool’s history.
“I would like to thank everybody who has bought a ticket and encourage those that haven’t to get one tomorrow.”
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.
Sirius North East has been contracted to clear the site by the land’s owners, Starford Holdings.
Mayor Stuart Drummond will draw the winning ticket on Wednesday at the Civic Centre, in Victoria Road.
The tickets will be on sale tomorrow at the hospice reception, in Wells Avenue, as well as hospice shops in Middleton Grange, Northgate, Wynyard Road, Raby Road and Encore, in York Road.
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, third prize is a luxury weekend break for two and fourth prize is a £100 Marks & Spencer voucher.
There are plenty of other prizes available.
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