A HUGE controlled explosion has signalled the end of an era for Hampshire.

After standing at the mouth of Southampton Water for more than 50 years, Fawley power station tower is no more.

Fortunately the Echo was on hand to brave the frankly horrendous weather and capture the moment in all its bittersweet glory.

You can watch the video her, scroll through the gallery to see all our photos, and click here to read more about the demolition.

We also have a time-lapse video of the tower demolition, thanks to photographer Stuart Martin: