TALK about getting close to the action.

Evening Telegraph photographer Frank Walsh had to take cover behind a parked lorry seconds after his took this picture of the demolition of the grain tower at Greenwood’s Corn Mill in Blackburn.

The area surrounding the mill on Walpole Street was showered with stones and debris as the tower came crashing down to earth in September 1963.

The mill had been built in 1859 by the Greenwood family.

The site was chosen because of its proximity to the Leeds-Liverpool Canal and at the time it was the most modern corn mill in Lancashire.

The Greenwoods already had a series of corn mills in Burnley and at the time were East Lancashire’s premier millers. In 1938 the Greenwood ‘empire’ was bought by the Rank organisation.