THE Golden Egg’s date with destiny is nearly upon us as demolition teams polish their sledgehammers and prepare to go to war on Gloucester’s public enemy number one.
Only the most devout fans of cheap 1960s architecture would argue against the King’s Square building being anything other than a hideous eyesore – and now is your chance to help put it out of its misery.
The first lumps will be smacked out of the one-time restaurant later this month and two city residents will have the opportunity to take the first swings.
The Citizen has teamed up with Gloucester City Council to find one adult and one child to help the authority’s leader Councillor Paul James batter the first nails into its coffin.
But we need a good reason to pick the lucky duo. That’s why we want everyone interested to write, in 100 words or fewer, why it should be them.
Perhaps you walk past it every day and have simply had enough. Perhaps you believe it heralds the dawning of a bright new era for Gloucester. Perhaps you have a personal association with the Golden Egg and want to be involved for nostalgia’s sake.
For the younger entrants, maybe a career in demolition looks interesting and you fancy a bit of work experience?
There are sure to be plenty of people keen to help, so the winning arguments will need to be convincing.
Contractors will start preliminary work on the building on Monday and the real demolition job is due to start a week later.
The deadline for entries is 3pm on Thursday, January 16. Email your entry to citizen. firstname.lastname@example.org with ‘Golden Egg competition’ in the subject line.
Mr James said: “The demolition of the Golden Egg is something people in the city have been looking forward to for a long time, so we should savour the moment.
“I’ve had lots of people say to me that they would like to play a part in getting rid of this eyesore, so it’s right that we give everyone who is interested the opportunity to make their case.
“Seeing the back of the Golden Egg will, together with the other improvements we are planning, help to improve the King’s Square area.
“Just as importantly, it will demonstrate real progress towards the wider King’s Quarter scheme and it will boost confidence in the city by showing that problems which at times have seemed intractable can be cracked.
“I’m looking forward to seeing these works get under way and to sharing the occasion with others.”
Butcher Andy Patterson is one of the market traders who have operated in the Golden Egg’s shadow for generations.
He said: “It’s been a bit of an eyesore for some time now, as everyone’s fully aware, so it will be good to see it go finally.
“The area needs tidying up, the council did a really good job with getting rid of the old toilets in King’s Square and this is one of the final pieces in the jigsaw now.
“My company’s been trading there for 17 years, you get a lot of the old regulars telling you they remember going there for breakfast but everyone wants it gone now.”
We are also asking people for their thoughts on what they want to see in the Golden Egg’s place, as well as trying to track down any old photos of it in its heyday.
If you have any pictures, drop them into the Citizen’s offices in The Oxebode or send an email to citizen.news@ glosmedia.co.uk.