On 18th September, Tarmac will be demolishing its iconic 200 foot chimney at Westbury, having picked the winner from a drawing competition which was launched in April.
The winner, Lily Hope Sargent, from Westbury Church of England Junior School, will have the unique opportunity of pressing the button to demolish the chimney. Over 600 local school children entered a joint Tarmac and Wiltshire Council art drawing and painting competition to try and win the chance to initiate a piece of local history.
Staff from Wiltshire Council and Tarmac had the task of choosing 30 finalists from a variety of exceptional drawings, paintings and collages illustrating both the company's chimney and the White Horse, both based in Wiltshire. The winning entries were finally judged by three VIP's - Dr Andrew Murrison MP, Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE leader of Wiltshire Council and Stuart Wykes, Tarmac's land and natural resources director.
Stuart Wykes, who chose the final winner from some truly excellent entries, said: "We received a fantastic level of interest in the project from local schoolchildren and are delighted to be able to give Lily this opportunity. We’re looking forward to a unique event in September which will take place after extensive planning to ensure the safety of all involved.”
Photo - Stuart Wykes (centre holding photograph) with Baroness Scott OBE and Dr Andrew Murrison MP. Westbury's chimney in the background.