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Start of Phoenix demolition
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Start of Phoenix demolition

On a fine clear day (18th October 2004) the demolition of the Phoenix began by Councillor Keith Johnson symbolically knocking over the pillar to the left of the steps with a JCB. The demolition job is appropriately being carried out by Orkney Builders, the firm who built it in the first place in 1954/55, my dad being one of the masons who worked on it.

Charlie Kemp, director of OBs, is the man walking holding the yellow safety helmet.



The light above the door is quite poignant.

When I had a look around the interior a few years back (see earlier picture) I asked what had happened to the big letters spelling Phoenix (or latterly just hoenix- somebody must have needed a P) and was told that they were being kept and stored. Was there ever a model phoenix that was on the front of the building?

-Steven Heddle
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Picture added on 29 October 2004
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