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Golden Egg will be gone in a week as Hucclecote mum and son duo strike first blow

By citizenmike  |  Posted: February 03, 2014

  • Demolition diggers move in

  • Mum Rita Prystajkeckyj-Townley with son Joel, 12, and Gloucester City Council leader Paul James

  • Mum Rita Prystajkeckyj-Townley (centre) with son Joel, 12, left, and Gloucester City Council leader Paul James

  • The Golden Egg demolition is under way

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Mum Rita Prystajkeckyj-Townley remembers eating egg and chips in the Golden Egg before playing in the fountains at King's Square as a girl.

But today she took a sledgehammer to the building, knocking out one of the first bricks as its demolition begins.

The Hucclecote mum had a helping hand from her 12-year-old son Joel, a Chosen Hill School pupil, who even got a chance to sit in the cab of a demolition digger.

"My mum used to work there and I'd go in for my egg and chips before playing in the fountains," said Rita. "We used to come down here during the holidays so I've had many happy memories here.

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"Over the years things have changed and now the time is right for it to go so I'm pleased that I have been lucky enough to take out the first brick."

Rita and Joel won a Citizen competition to find a reader to strike the first blow.

VIDEO: Mum Rita Prystajkeckyj-Townley and her son Joel, 12, strike a blow to the Golden Egg

VIDEO: Demolition digger moves in

In little over a week, the whole building will be reduced to rubble.

Coffee chain Costa is eyeing up using part of the space for outdoor seating, where latte lovers will be able to while away the hours looking out at the square.

It has taken several years for the Golden Egg's demolition to actually happen, but when asked how confident he was that the rest of the King's Quarter redevelopment would happen, Gloucester City Council leader Paul James said we had arrived at a 'crucial time'.

He said: "In some ways it is a sad day when a building that holds so many fond memories comes down but we have got to move on. This signals a new era for King's Square.

"It is not just about removing a building from the landscape but it is about what is best for the area. We are at a crucial time and there are two things that we need to do.

"We need to secure the funding for the new bus station and get an agreement with Aviva for the sale of the pockets of land that they own. This is our focus now."

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6 comments

  • SELINA30  |  February 04 2014, 12:58PM

    Paul James carrying out Labour policy! What next? Pot holes being fixed?

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  • RoadWombat  |  February 03 2014, 9:10PM

    Look - she's not been blinded, her gouged-out eyeball isn't staring up at you from the floor of the the Golden Egg and she's absolutely fine. So there's nothing for you to worry yourself about. (Anyway, back in the real world..... sigh!)

  • RWT1203  |  February 03 2014, 8:41PM

    I recall it being my idea to have a competition for someone to knock the first bit of the Golden Egg down, meanwhile I expect someone has been promoted for stealing it!

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  • kennysarmy  |  February 03 2014, 7:02PM

    @ RoadWombat....Brainwashed? So you don't think personal protective equipment is important then? Would have made quite a different article had a piece of that wall flew in to her eye blinding her!

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  • RoadWombat  |  February 03 2014, 6:10PM

    Oh Lordy. Have we really become so brainwashed that eye protection is the only thing someone comments on? Now stand by for the elfen-safety lot to chime in, telling us how important all that is etc. etc. etc..... (yawn...)

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  • kennysarmy  |  February 03 2014, 4:44PM

    Why was nt she wearing eye protection??

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