The Day the Music Died
This gallery, which will document the demolition of W & J Riding's old depot at Longridge, is presently under construction!
Please come back soon as more details and pictures will be added over the coming weeks as the whole depot is demolished making way for a new housing estate and Aldi supermarket.
Inside the 'rip and tip' shed at Riding's old depot showing one of the last Van Benton tankers to be loaded at the soon to be demolished Longridge depot.
Pallets were lifted onto the gantry and individual sacks were dropped onto the conveyor belt which were then slit open allowing the powder to fall into the tank below.
Riding's started this particular operation back in 1983 at the request of ICI Ltd and it continued until the final day of operations on the 28th October 2017.
During that period of 30 years in which time they did five loads a day there was never a single complaint.
It was also possible to discharge 1 tonne bags or containers using an auger and the equipment on the left of the picture.
A rather sad looking view of the decommissioned fuel pumps as they await being ripped out of the ground and sent for scrap during the demolition of Longridge depot in 2017.
There was also another pump on either side of the entry so it was possible to fill up four vehicles at the same time.
If the drivers left the vehicle straight it was also possible to accommodate four more behind the ones fueling up, thus taking eight lorries off the adjacent main road.
Originally these pumps were made in house and each one was capable of dispensing 18 gallons per minute.
The old garage and service bays are all but gone in this picture taken in Autumn 2017.
The scene in February 2019 with the depot now long gone the site now contains an Aldi supermarket along with a new housing estate.
Walter Carefoots yard still remains and can still be seen just to the right of Aldi.
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