Builder wants first brick back

Bricklayer Bill Moore by the corner brick  on Ashworth Court, Queenstown (as it was then known) at Layton, which he laid in 1962.
Bricklayer Bill Moore by the corner brick on Ashworth Court, Queenstown (as it was then known) at Layton, which he laid in 1962.
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A RETIRED bricklayer who put blood, sweat and tears into building the Queens Park tower blocks 50 years ago is hoping to get a little something back from them.

William Moore played his part in “building the new Blackpool” as he laid the first brick of the central tower block back in 1962.

He even remembers the exact spot where it went.

Now the 73-year-old is hoping he will be able to reclaim the brick as a memento of his work.

He said: “I thought I was building the new Blackpool, it was just slum housing before the flats.

“Now they’re knocking it down it just crossed my mind it’d be nice to have it as a souvenir.”

Mr Moore’s laying of the first brick happened only by chance.

He said: “We were waiting to get going on it and one lad pulled out a deck of cards to cut for the first brick, I cut the highest card so that’s how I got to lay it.”

It might not be quite as simple for Mr Moore to get the brick back, but Blackpool Council has said it is happy to do all it can to find it.

Coun Gillian Campbell, cabinet member for housing, said: “It’s a really touching story that somebody has the connections and memories of building the Queens Park tower blocks originally.

“At the time it was a groundbreaking move for housing in Blackpool, but with today’s housing challenges, the towers are just no longer fit for purpose.

“Another groundbreaking new development on the site over the next few years will bring fresh memories to other workers.

“We’d be happy to work with Mr Moore to recover the first brick that he laid, and make sure that his memories can live on for many more years to come.”

Mr Moore said he would display the brick prominently in his home as a reminder of his time of the building site – which included an accident that hospitalised him. He said: “My blood was all over the walls after I was hit by something - I won’t ask for that back.

“But it’d be fine to have the brick.”

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