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Open day visitors guaranteed to have a blast at Mountsorrel quarry
Apr, 23 2012
(UK) -- Families from across Charnwood will be among the first in the country to be just inches away from a rock blast without having to set foot near the quarry face at the upcoming public open days at Mountsorrel Quarry.
Visitors to the granite quarry, off Wood Lane, Quorn, on May 5th, 6th, 7th, 12th and 13th will remain safe and secure in the unique Lafarge Pod – a mobile, interactive 360 degree experience room – while watching the blast in all its glory on multi-surround screens.
The Pod, launched with great success by Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK at the recent Ecobuild sustainable construction exhibition in London, allows unparalleled access to normally 'off-limit' areas and practices, including production zones and quarry blasts.
Surrounded by images, sound and video, people will be able to experience exactly what happens at Lafarge's building materials manufacturing sites, watching the day to day work which normally would only be witnessed by trained employees wearing specialist safety gear.
It will be the first time ever this type of multi-media technology has been used at an outdoor event anywhere in the country, making its appearance at Mountsorrel, Lafarge's flagship quarry, extra special.
Angus Shedden, manager at Mountsorrel Quarry, said: "The Pod is an amazing piece of kit. It truly allows the public to get up close and personal to the sights and sounds of quarry working without being anywhere near the rock face.
"People will be able to experience things which they would never be able to in real life - like a quarry blast right in front of their eyes.
"We are sure The Pod will be a unique and unforgettable experience for our open day visitors and is a fantastic addition to the activities and events we already have planned."
Visitors to The Pod will be treated to a four minute tour of Lafarge in the UK, taking them through the entire production story of the company's vast portfolio of building materials, as well as giving 'up close and personal' access to previously restricted locations.
The Pod joins a host of activities, including a quarry tour and the opportunity to speak with Lafarge experts, available to visitors across all five open days.
Angus added: "We sincerely hope these open days will give people the opportunity to see how we operate, learn all about our rich community heritage and discover the exciting proposals we have for the future which we hope will ensure the quarry remains a positive force within the local economy and community for many years to come."
Entrance to the open days is strictly limited to ticket holders only. A number of tickets are still available. Tickets are free and to apply please register online on the Mountsorrel Quarry website. There is a maximum of four tickets per household and places will be given on a first come first served basis and the deadline for applications is April 25th. For more information about the open days please visit the lafarge website.
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