Shoppers stop and stare as Willie Gee's huge crane shuts High Street

Shoppers stop and stare as Will Gee's huge crane shuts High Street

Shoppers stop and stare as Will Gee's huge crane shuts High Street

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COLCHESTER’S High Street was closed to traffic while a massive tower crane was brought in as part of Williams and Griffin’s £30million redevelopment.

The road was shut to traffic from Friday, at 7pm, until yesterday evening.

The closure was needed to allow a 350-tonne crane to be set up outside the menswear department.

Once built, it was used to construct another crane in the building site.

John Goodsir, 64, of High Woods, Colchester, sells the Big Issue outside the department store. He said: “It was quite a spectacle to see such a big crane in High Street.

“People, and especially children, were stopping throughout the day to look at it.

“It was already set up by the time I arrived at 9am on Saturday and the store opened as normal on Saturday.”

The crane is needed to build a four-storey extension at the department store.

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10:13am Mon 28 Jul 14

jammin says...

I thought big issue sellers were supposed to be homeless?
I thought big issue sellers were supposed to be homeless? jammin
  • Score: 0

10:38am Mon 28 Jul 14

sam vines says...

jammin wrote:
I thought big issue sellers were supposed to be homeless?
You can sell it if you are one of the following.

Homeless or rough sleeping
In temporary accommodation
In danger of losing a home
Unemployed and facing financial crisis
[quote][p][bold]jammin[/bold] wrote: I thought big issue sellers were supposed to be homeless?[/p][/quote]You can sell it if you are one of the following. Homeless or rough sleeping In temporary accommodation In danger of losing a home Unemployed and facing financial crisis sam vines
  • Score: 19

4:17pm Mon 28 Jul 14

meadowlady says...

Is there a video of the crane being manoeuvered anywhere please?
Is there a video of the crane being manoeuvered anywhere please? meadowlady
  • Score: 0

6:18pm Mon 28 Jul 14

seikothrill says...

It is a crane nothing more.

I was staggered at the number of people looking into the sky at a crane. If this was their highlight they can't have much of a life!
It is a crane nothing more. I was staggered at the number of people looking into the sky at a crane. If this was their highlight they can't have much of a life! seikothrill
  • Score: -9

6:19pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Boris says...

Well of course they stopped and stared. What else would they do? It must have been more interesting than shopping.
Well of course they stopped and stared. What else would they do? It must have been more interesting than shopping. Boris
  • Score: 1

6:23pm Mon 28 Jul 14

seikothrill says...

I reckon they were crane spotters
I reckon they were crane spotters seikothrill
  • Score: 8

6:32pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Angry of Lexden says...

Agree with you Boris, if course people will look. I was there. It's a great bit of kit, if your into that sort thing - which I am! ....and no apologies. Just consider the planning involved - I wonder if we could hire them to sort out our town?
Agree with you Boris, if course people will look. I was there. It's a great bit of kit, if your into that sort thing - which I am! ....and no apologies. Just consider the planning involved - I wonder if we could hire them to sort out our town? Angry of Lexden
  • Score: 3

7:15pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Frank Scully says...

"Slack-jawed Gawkers Bewildered By Spectacular Lifting Machine"
"Slack-jawed Gawkers Bewildered By Spectacular Lifting Machine" Frank Scully
  • Score: -11

10:42pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Boris says...

Angry of Lexden wrote:
Agree with you Boris, if course people will look. I was there. It's a great bit of kit, if your into that sort thing - which I am! ....and no apologies. Just consider the planning involved - I wonder if we could hire them to sort out our town?
Glad you enjoyed your crane-spotting, Angry. Each to his own. But the problems that we Colcestrians face are rather more complex than erecting a crane so as to erect another.
[quote][p][bold]Angry of Lexden[/bold] wrote: Agree with you Boris, if course people will look. I was there. It's a great bit of kit, if your into that sort thing - which I am! ....and no apologies. Just consider the planning involved - I wonder if we could hire them to sort out our town?[/p][/quote]Glad you enjoyed your crane-spotting, Angry. Each to his own. But the problems that we Colcestrians face are rather more complex than erecting a crane so as to erect another. Boris
  • Score: -5

3:24pm Tue 29 Jul 14

romantic says...

Well, I went and had a look at the crane. Like Angry, I quite like big bits of kit like that. I'm sure there were a few nervous moments with all those people around. Normally, cranes are safely on site, fenced off, everyone suitably suited and booted. One wrong move and everybody certainly would have become interested in the crane. Engineering achievements tend to happen away from the public gaze, so it was interesting to see this in action.
Well, I went and had a look at the crane. Like Angry, I quite like big bits of kit like that. I'm sure there were a few nervous moments with all those people around. Normally, cranes are safely on site, fenced off, everyone suitably suited and booted. One wrong move and everybody certainly would have become interested in the crane. Engineering achievements tend to happen away from the public gaze, so it was interesting to see this in action. romantic
  • Score: 2

3:32pm Tue 29 Jul 14

friday_woods says...

sam vines wrote:
jammin wrote: I thought big issue sellers were supposed to be homeless?
You can sell it if you are one of the following. Homeless or rough sleeping In temporary accommodation In danger of losing a home Unemployed and facing financial crisis
Or Romanian and then claim benefits for being 'self employed'
[quote][p][bold]sam vines[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]jammin[/bold] wrote: I thought big issue sellers were supposed to be homeless?[/p][/quote]You can sell it if you are one of the following. Homeless or rough sleeping In temporary accommodation In danger of losing a home Unemployed and facing financial crisis[/p][/quote]Or Romanian and then claim benefits for being 'self employed' friday_woods
  • Score: -2

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