Friday 8 July 2016

Last month we unveiled the Women of Steel statue in honour of all the women who worked bravely and tirelessly through two world wars in Sheffield’s munition factories.

The statue stands in Barker’s Pool in Sheffield as a lasting reminder and thank you to the women who kept our country going during the war.

In the words of singer song-writer John Reilly, they showed us that there’s ‘nothing much tougher than a northern girl’.

Now female world bouldering champion Shauna Coxsey, who has demonstrated just how tough a northern girl can be, has taken a moment to appreciate the statue and all it stands for.

Shauna, will be competing in the British Bouldering Championships, defending the British title she won here last year, at this weekend’s Cliffhanger Festival in Sheffield. And what could inspire more strength and determination than the true grit of Sheffield’s Women of Steel.

Cliffhanger Festival takes place all weekend (Sat 9 & Sun 10 Jul) across Sheffield city centre and is free to attend, with music on Friday and Saturday nights.

There’s a whole host of outdoors activities taking place at Devonshire Green, Peace Gardens and Barkers Pool. Full event details are available at

If you’re attending Cliffhanger 2016 make sure you pay a visit to the wonderful Women of Steel statue in Barkers Pool. We are asking people to show their thanks to the Women of Steel by going ‘arm in arm to say thank you’ with the statue – tweet us your pictures to @Sheffcouncil and use #WomenofSteel.