YOUNGSTERS climb the gates and scale the walls to get a better view as a Blackburn mill was destroyed by fire in 1973.

Greenwood’s corn mill on Walpole Street, Blackburn, was badly damaged in the blaze and part of the four-storey building would collapse.

On this picture you can see that the windows were blown out by the heat of the fire and the smouldering roof trusses send thick black smoke into the air.

But the children seem unphased by it all even the lads on the right who were trying to look cool at the same time!

The mill had been built over a century earlier in 1859 by the Greenwood family who already had a series of corn mills in Burnley.