ALMOST 3,000 people have snapped up the chance to blow up a landmark chimney in aid of two good causes.
Steetley chimney is set to be demolished as part of the ongoing work to clear the former chemical works site, in Hartlepool.
The prize of pushing the button is being raffled off to raise funds for Hartlepool RNLI and Hartlepool & District Hospice.
Organisers say they are well on the way to the 3,000 mark.
Steetley Chimney Blast tickets cost £1 and the structure is scheduled to be demolished on Sunday, July 29.
Janice Forbes, community fundraiser at the hospice, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the level of tickets sold.
“There has been a lot of interest and there is still a couple of weeks left for people to snap up a ticket.
“All of the money raised will go to two great causes.”
A number of town businesses are selling tickets including Towers Hairdressers, in Tower Street, The Nursery Inn, in Hopps Street, the hospice reception, in Wells Avenue, The Studio, in Tower Street, as well as hospice shops in Middleton Grange, Northgate, Wynyard Road, Raby Road and Encore, in York Road.
Tickets are also on sale at The Royal, in Church Street, Just Blinds, in York Road, Newcastle Building Society, in York Road, Gillen Arms, in Clavering Road, Three Lions Sports Bar, in Park Road, Morrisons, in Clarence Road, Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club, Seaton Carew Social Club, in Station Lane, the Park Inn, in Park Road and the Cosmopolitan Pub, on the Headland.
Malcolm Wallis, of Hartlepool RNLI, said: “The RNLI is very pleased with the level of tickets sold to date.
“It has been a good experience working with the hospice exchanging ideas and watching how other organisations do things.
“All the money received by the RNLI will go towards training and equipping our volunteer crew members to help save lives at sea.”
Tickets will also be sold at Hartlepool Headland Local History Exhibition, at the Borough Hall, and at the Hartlepool Model Railway Exhibition, at the Hartlepool College of Further Education, on Saturday, July 7.
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.
Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond 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 and there are plenty of other prizes available.
Sirius North East has been contracted to clear the site by the land’s owners, Starford Holdings.
Any business interested in selling raffle tickets should call the hospice on (01429) 855529.