Cockenzie Power Station

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With pang recently I heard that it is going to be pulled down in the summer and replaced with a gas fired one. Its been there since 1965. In 1977 I came to Scotland and visited my great Aunt Mary who lived in Ravensheugh the ancestral home just outside Musselburgh. The house was filled with a fine black dust which came from the ash from the power station. The garden infront of the house used to open straight onto the sea. We would find sea shells in the garden beds thrown in over the stone wall in storms. Now the whole bay has been filled in with ash from the power station. I suppose it had to go somewhere. My friend K and I made the most of the bank holiday and hopped onto a 26 bus (making the mistake of getting the one to Tranent instead of Seaton Sands!). However we were rewarded by the most glorious afternoon walking around the building and enjoying the sea air.

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