Ready, steady, blast...

IT WAS a cliffhanger moment in Cheddar Gorge last week, as residents eagerly awaited the big bang. After a 24-hour delay, The Shield which hangs above RockSport activity centre was brought down with a series of explosions on Tuesday (Nov 14) at 4.05pm.

IT WAS a cliffhanger moment in Cheddar Gorge last week, as residents eagerly awaited the big bang. After a 24-hour delay, The Shield which hangs above RockSport activity centre was brought down with a series of explosions on Tuesday (Nov 14) at 4.05pm. The rock fell down through a length of netting and landed on straw bales at the bottom of the rock face. Gorge marketing manager Bob Smart said: "It took a long time to get the explosives into place. Workers had to drill 110 holes for the explosives to fit in, and then fuses and safety netting had to be laid."The 20 tonne rock was brought down as part of major rock face work to Cheddar Gorge. The B3135 road will be closed until November 30 when work on Hounds Bluff, Sunset Buttress, The Tiers by Landslip quarry and The Shield is expected to be completed.