22 March 2016
The much-anticipated Sheffield Women of Steel statue will be unveiled on Friday 17 June – and the search is on to ensure that as many as possible of the city’s wartime heroines will be there to see it.
The day will be even more memorable for the women who worked in the steelworks during two world wars, because each of them will be presented with a specially produced medallion as an additional thank you from the people of the city.
One side of the medallion has a picture of the statue and the other is engraved:
“With thanks to our wartime Women of Steel from the people of Sheffield”.
All the surviving women who worked in the steel works during the two world wars will qualify for the medallion, as well as the families of those who are no longer with us.
Application forms for the medallion are available from the receptions of the Town Hall and The Sheffield Star and online from www.sheffield.gov.uk/womenofsteel and the Star website.
Julie Dore, Leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce that the Women of Steel statue will be unveiled on 17 June.
“It just goes to show what a special place these inspirational Women of Steel hold in the hearts of everyone in Sheffield. This has been about ordinary people giving their hard earned money to remember something very special in the history of our city.”
The £150,000 appeal was given a huge boost in 2013 when Sheffield pop legends performed a sell-out concert at the City Hall which raised £70,000 and caught the public imagination. Within a year there were also classical and folk concerts and hundreds of people organised events and made donations raising almost £170,000. More than £21,000 was raised at an annual ball marking the start of the World Snooker Championship. World Snooker also donated £5,000 to the appeal.
John Palmer, the fundraising co-organiser, said: “When we knew there would be extra money, we decided that we should give the women something personal that they and their families could keep. A medallion produced by Sheffield’s Assay Office and reflecting the statue seemed a perfect way to say thank you and now we want to make sure that every woman who deserves one will actually get one.”
Julie Dore added: “We hope that everyone who supported the appeal by running marathons; baking cakes; organising events and making donations will join us for the unveiling to make it a really special day for the city and the Women of Steel”.
The medallion is based on the design of the statue by Martin Jennings and is designed by Simon Waller of the Star newspaper. They will be produced by Sheffield Assay Office.