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My Dad was a steel fixer, he helped build the cooling towers at Mexborough Power Station. He told me that when a worker was killed, one black brick was put in the wall of the tower as a symbolic gesture to their fallen ('scuse the pun) colleague,

I haven't seen those towers for a long time, I don't even know if they are still there. So, did it really happen or was dad romanticising? After all, I was only a child of 6 or 7 years.

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My Dad was a steel fixer, he helped build the cooling towers at Mexborough Power Station. He told me that when a worker was killed, one black brick was put in the wall of the tower as a symbolic gesture to their fallen ('scuse the pun) colleague,

I haven't seen those towers for a long time, I don't even know if they are still there. So, did it really happen or was dad romanticising? After all, I was only a child of 6 or 7 years.

Mexborough Power Station was demolished many years ago, so long since gone I'm afraid

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If memory serves me right, Mexborough Power Station was located next to Denaby Level Crossing, I went there for an interview with the CEGB when I was 16.

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If memory serves me right, Mexborough Power Station was located next to Denaby Level Crossing, I went there for an interview with the CEGB when I was 16.

Must have been 1972 then. So didn't the CEGB make you an offer or was the offer Post Office Telecommunications (later to become BT) a better prospect.

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