Kim has a ‘blast’ of a good time

Kim Siddons, from Market Deeping, won a prize to set off an explosion at Hanson Cement's Grange Top quarry in Ketton. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-24-07-15-aw001 EMN-150731-124050001
Kim Siddons, from Market Deeping, won a prize to set off an explosion at Hanson Cement's Grange Top quarry in Ketton. Photo: Alan Walters MSMP-24-07-15-aw001 EMN-150731-124050001

Kim Siddons had a ‘blast’ when she revisited Hanson Cement’s Grange Top quarry in Ketton.

Kim from Deeping, won her prize at a recent open day held at Ketton cement plant.

Alongside her husband Michael and sons Charlie 9 and Daniel 17, Kim set off an electronic detonator.

Bringing 8,000 tonnes of limestone crashing down the quarry floor.

Kim had brilliant experience and was glad she was able to take part.

She said: “We had a great time at the open day watching the display of huge quarry vehicles. I didn’t realise all the work that went on in the quarry.

“It was absolutely amazing and then to have the chance to come back to blast all this stone – we all loved it.”

Kim and her family were among 2,000 people who attended Hanson Cement’s open day on June 6.

Visitors were able to enjoy steam train rides and watch quarry machinery demonstrate their powers.

The open day was open by Andrew Brown, High Sheriff of Rutland.

The event hoped to bring the community together and let them know more about Hanson Cement. It turned out to be a huge success.

Quarry team leader Paul Knighton said, “Kim was about 159 metres from the blast, which is further than we class as the safety zone. We always survey the area before hand to ensure that the blast goes well.”