Cockenzie locals debate “face” in smoke from demolished towers


THE cloud of smoke from Cockenzie Power Station’s demolished towers revealed the face of Jesus, Ringo Starr, Che Guevara – or Noel Edmonds.

At least that’s what locals in East Lothian have been debating since a remarkable image of the aftermath of the demolition was posted online.


Grant Redpath
The original image of “Cockenzie Man”

The billowing smoke from the destruction of the 490ft twin towers has already been compared with a “man in a suit” and has been dubbed locally “Cockenzie Man” or “Demolition Man”.

But a snap by Grant Redpath has captured the unmistakeable features of a bearded man in the body of the ghostly figure.

Grant, who took the picture from a boat, asked: “Has anyone seen this? I know they said it looked like a man, the whole thing but see if you zoom in on the chest, is that a face? It looks like it from the sea where it was taken.”

Close up - Is it Al Pacino or Noel Edmonds?
Close up – Is it Al Pacino or Noel Edmonds?

Grant’s picture prompted a flood of messages from social media users that they could see a face, closely followed by suggested identities.

Stuart Dixon simply wrote: “Che Guevara.”

David Fleming wrote: “I see two. There’s a wee alien man going boxing at the top and underneath well, it’s the Lord isn’t it?”

Lee Ritchie commented: “Is it just me or the face in the middle of the first pic looks a bit like Robert Downey Junior?”

User Nicolas Logan offered three suggestions: “ Tupac or Bob Marley or Al Pacino with bunny ears.”

Sylvia Beaumont: “It looks like Ringo Starr!”

Liz Laing ventured Osama Bin Laden.

And Janie Baxter declared: “It’s Tom Jones.”

Grant, having considered all the suggested identities, then came up with his own, writing: “Noel Edmonds.”

Spectators watched the controlled explosion from from along the sea front
Spectators watched the controlled explosion from from along the sea front

Asked if the image had been adjusted using a computer, Grant replied: “Why would it be Photoshopped? Don’t see the purpose of it.”

Gemma Mccafferty wrote: “It’s not been Photoshopped. Too may people have taken the picture and seen it at all angles.”

Thousands gathered on Saturday to watch the iconic East Lothian skyline change forever following a controlled explosion of the Cockenzie Power Station towers and turbine.

The twin towers – built in 1967 – crashed into each other after 1500 holes were drilled and packed with explosives.