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Didcot has its own chapter of the Hash House Harriers.[42] The club started in 1986 (the first run was on 8 April of that year). Didcot Cricket Club's current home ground is at Didcot Power Station in Sutton Courtenay.[43]

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A small crowd gathered to watch the controlled demolition from Ladygrove Mound, around a mile from Didcot Power Station.

Didcot Choral Society, founded in 1958, performs three concerts a year in various venues around the town as well as an annual tour (Paris in 2008, Belgium in 2009).[45]

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A gas-burning power station - known as Didcot B - opened in 1997 on the site and continues to operate.

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Roland Alford, the explosives contractor at the power station, said the four-month delay in completing the demolition was necessary on safety grounds.

Coal-fired Didcot A Power Station was turned off in 2013, after 43 years in service.

They just want the men returned back to their families and back home.

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On Sunday 27 July 2014 three of the six 114m high cooling towers were demolished in the early hours of the morning using 180 kg of explosives. The demolition was streamed live by webcam.[25]

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Formed by the Great Western Society in 1967 to house its collection of Great Western Railway locomotives and rolling stock, now housed in Didcot's 1932 built Great Western engine shed.[citation needed]

Didcot is served by six primary schools: All Saints' C of E, Ladygrove Park, Manor, Northbourne C of E, Stephen Freeman and Willowcroft. Along with these 6 schools based in Didcot, a further 7 local village schools form the Didcot Primary Partnership: Blewbury Endowed C of E, Cholsey, Hagbourne, Harwell Community, Long Wittenham C of E and South Moreton County.[citation needed]

Families of the missing men watched from within the boundary of the power station.

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Coach and group visits are welcome on any day of the year (except at Christmas) but arrangements must be made in advance for visits when Didcot Railway Centre is not otherwise open, and is advisable on other occasions.

"We will continue working seven days a week, 12 hours a day to help return these families' loved ones to them as soon as possible."

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The Town Council office is located inside Didcot Civic Hall which is on the corner of Broadway and Britwell Road.

To see all the events and open days for 2016 have a look at the 2016 Calendar. You can also check which locomotives are scheduled to be in steam using the Locomotive Roster.

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He added: "It was almost unthinkable to send people to work underneath there and place charges, given the fact the building could come down at any moment - you legally can't justify that."


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Didcot is surrounded by farmland which has historically grown traditional British crops such as wheat and barley, sheep farming is also common in the area.[32] The area is also noted for farmers growing opium poppies for legal production of morphine and heroin to meet National Health Service demand.[33][34] The poppies produced are sold to Macfarlan Smith, a major pharmaceutical company, who hold a licence from the United Kingdom Home Office.[35]

However, from the outbreak of World War II such was the growth of wartime traffic to the port of Southampton a decision was made to upgrade the line which included the complete doubling of the northern section between Didcot and Newbury, closing for 5 months in 1942/3 while this was carried out. Several of the bridges in the Didcot/Hagbourne area were also strengthened and rebuilt.

In 2008 a new £8 million arts and entertainment centre, Cornerstone, opened within the Orchard Centre. It contains exhibition and studio spaces, a cafe and a 236-seat auditorium. Designed by Ellis William Architects, the centre is clad with silvered aluminium panels and features a Window Wall, used to connect the building with passing shoppers.[20]

Just after 06:00 BST one large bang was heard, followed by several smaller ones, and the building came down in a matter of seconds. A blanket of dark grey dust covered the entire site and the famous cooling towers were hidden for several minutes.

Ken Cresswell and John Shaw were both from Rotherham, while Chris Huxtable was from Swansea.

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The firm added it understood the time it was taking to recover the bodies had been "deeply upsetting" for their families.