The end of a giant – Sunderland Forge chimney bites the dust in November 1991

Retro 1991  Old Sunderland forge bites the dust  November 21 1991  old ref number 8027   
Lauren Baldassarra, 9, and Ann Tipling. a partner in Instrip Demolition of Washington, watch with expert John Turner.
Retro 1991 Old Sunderland forge bites the dust November 21 1991 old ref number 8027 Lauren Baldassarra, 9, and Ann Tipling. a partner in Instrip Demolition of Washington, watch with expert John Turner.

There she was ... gone!

The last remnants of the old Sunderland Forge finally bit the dust when the site chimney was blown up by experts 26 years ago this month.

Big Chimney  6 April 1991  old ref number 4524
A lone chimney is all that remains of the old Sunderland forge.  Demolition is now almost complete.

Big Chimney 6 April 1991 old ref number 4524 A lone chimney is all that remains of the old Sunderland forge. Demolition is now almost complete.

There were no hiccups when the 112ft brick tower at Pallion crumbled in a cloud of dust under the explosive persuasion of Instrip Demolition, of Washington.

Lauren Baldasarra, nine, watched as Ann Tipling, a partner in Instrip detonated the charges under the supervision of explosives expert John Turner which toppled the chimney exactly to plan.

The site is being redeveloped by Tyne and Wear Development Corporation.

Who remembers this and what other memorable events do you remember from 1991?

Email your memories to chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk