When Bill Moore laid the foundation stone of Ashworth Court flats 49 years ago he could never have imagined he’d one day be holding it again.
But as preparations to pull down the high rise buildings in Queen’s Park pick up pace, Blackpool Coastal Housing (BCH) has presented the former bricklayer with the unique memento.
Mr Moore (pictured with Gillian Campbell above) was part of a team of builders and bricklayers who constructed the buildings in Layton back in the early 60s.
He was yesterday presented with the brick by BCH and Lovell, the developers behind the 198-home development set to replace the flats.
He said: “I remember laying it – you lay a brick and that’s that, I never thought I’d hold it again.
“I think I’ll get a commemorative box for it.”
Coun Gillian Campbell, Blackpool Council cabinet member for housing, said: “As well as being a keepsake that will last long in Mr Moore’s memory we feel this memento also symbolises the long history of the tower blocks and the role they have played in housing so many people.”
The handover coincided with BCH formally handing the site over to housing regeneration specialists, Lovell.
The developers are now able to start the first phase of work, including the demolition of the first two tower blocks and the creation of 92 new homes.
This is anticipated to be complete by March 2015, when the second phase will begin.
Coun Campbell added: “This is an important day in the history of Queens Park. Handing the site over is the first step in a transformation that will affect many people’s lives.”