Campbell's Tower demolition brings King's Lynn family 'closure'

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Media captionThe tower was part of the King's Lynn skyline for more than 50 years

A woman whose father was scalded to death at a Norfolk soup factory said she had gained "closure" after being given the opportunity to blow it up.

Sarah Griffiths, 41, triggered the demolition of the former Campbell's factory tower in King's Lynn on Sunday.

She said: "The tower is a constant reminder that I have been robbed of my dad. I'm a bit choked up about it because it's a big thing for me to do."

Her father, Mike Locke, died in 1995 of severe scalding from a blast of steam.

Ms Griffiths, a mother of two, won the chance to trigger the tower explosion in a local newspaper.

She said: "It's overwhelming to think I've been given this opportunity to bring down this building.

"There must be other people who have these issues and never get this type of closure I've sought for 16 and a half years. I'm thrilled for me and my family that I'll never have to look at it again.

Image caption Sarah Griffiths won the chance to blow up the tower in a competition

"My dad, he'd have said 'she got there in the end, she's such a determined soul', he'd have been thrilled - down the pub telling all his friends 'that's my daughter', he'd be so proud."

The tower had been part of the skyline for more than 50 years.

It was demolished to make way for a new £40m complex, including a hotel, leisure facilities, restaurants, a car showroom a new supermarket.

Ms Griffiths is looking forward to the redevelopment of the site.

She said: "It'll be lovely to drive past and think of the work that's going on here and the jobs it's going to create for local people.

"I want to see the positive side, as my dad would have done, from this building and that tragic day."

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the tower fall at 08:00 GMT. The Campbell's site employed thousands of workers in King's Lynn before it closed in 2007.

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