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Demolishing The 1st Eye Scout Hut, Wellington Road, Eye, Suffolk - 11th May 2013

The Eye Scout Hut - a pre-fab built in the Silver Jubilee year of 1977 and with an intended lifespan of ten years - has definitely reached the end of the road, some 25 years after it probably should have been replaced. Despite being in use until recently, it looks in about as good condition as some of the unrestored 1940s huts at Bletchley Park, which is to say it's pretty decrepit. Anyway, after several years of fund raising, there's enough cash in the kitty to build a suitable replacement. So to make an event of it, the "decomissioning" of the hut is marked with a mini Fete, and some token demolition takes place as a queue forms in order to smash up a store room and knock down a bit of breezeblock wall.

next album: The BBs at Wingfield, and More Garage Destruction, Suffolk and London - 11th May 2013
previous album: Bank Holiday Flowers, Brome, Suffolk - 6th May 2013

2013 In the midst of death there is life

In the midst of death there is life

2013 New building on Wellington Road

New building on Wellington Road

2013 A new house goes up, just down the road

A new house goes up, just down the road

2013 The virtually-derelict interior of the Scout hut

The virtually-derelict interior of the Scout hut

2013 Tired curtains, and tables with junk on

Tired curtains, and tables with junk on

2013 The store room

The store room

2013 Store room, and discarded fire extinguishers

Store room, and discarded fire extinguishers

2013 'Please wipe you feet' sign on the door

'Please wipe you feet' sign on the door

2013 The hut's corridor

The hut's corridor

2013 Milling around outside

Milling around outside

2013 A paper model of the replacement is on display

A paper model of the replacement is on display

2013 Gov's dad is on hand to video the occasion

Gov's dad is on hand to video the occasion

2013 A metal shelf is carried out

A metal shelf is carried out

2013 Andy P gets some water in the un-fitted kitchen

Andy P gets some water in the un-fitted kitchen

2013 The bogs

The bogs

2013 More fire extinguishers

More fire extinguishers

2013 Andy carries a bowl of water out

Andy carries a bowl of water out

2013 The back of the scout hut

The back of the scout hut

2013 The side of the hut

The side of the hut

2013 Peeling paint on the emergency exit

Peeling paint on the emergency exit

2013 The front of the hut

The front of the hut

2013 The outside Fete

The outside Fete

2013 Andy P gets the 'local news' treatment

Andy P gets the 'local news' treatment

2013 A queue of demolishers forms

A queue of demolishers forms

2013 Carrie mans the 'pick a straw' lucky dip

Carrie mans the 'pick a straw' lucky dip

2013 Carrie hands a bag of cans over

Carrie hands a bag of cans over

2013 The demolishers are keen to get in

The demolishers are keen to get in

2013 Meanwhile, there's a bonfire round the back

Meanwhile, there's a bonfire round the back

2013 A boy fans the bonfire

A boy fans the bonfire

2013 A bonfire scene

A bonfire scene

2013 One boy leaves with a smashed drawer

One boy leaves with a smashed drawer

2013 The toilet is vacant

The toilet is vacant

2013 Fred roams around

Fred roams around

2013 The queue starts going in

The queue starts going in

2013 Fred does some gurning

Fred does some gurning

2013 The internal door finally comes off

The internal door finally comes off

2013 The door is hurled on the bonfire

The door is hurled on the bonfire

2013 Thumbs up for the fire

Thumbs up for the fire

2013 The fire really gets going

The fire really gets going

2013 An opportunist makes off with the guttering

An opportunist makes off with the guttering

2013 Carrie surveys the destruction

Carrie surveys the destruction

2013 The damage is surveyed

The damage is surveyed

2013 A trail of destruction, and a lump hammer

A trail of destruction, and a lump hammer

2013 The remains of the store room

The remains of the store room

2013 A small pile of debris

A small pile of debris

2013 The curtains have gone now

The curtains have gone now

2013 A crowd builds up by the fire

A crowd builds up by the fire

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In the midst of death there is life