Plaque adds shine to Sheffield steel celebration

Harry Brearley, Inventor of Stainless Steel.
Harry Brearley, Inventor of Stainless Steel.
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The centenary of Sheffield’s most famous invention is to be marked with the unveiling of a plaque at the city’s railway station.

Business leaders from the local steel industry, members of Sheffield Rotary Club and station operator East Midlands Trains will get together next Thursday to launch the tribute to 100 years of stainless steel.

Master Cutler Neil MacDonald has been invited to unveil the plaque.

Jason Cocker, East Midlands Trains station manager for Sheffield, said: “We’re really pleased to be helping the city to commemorate 100 successful years of stainless steel.

“The railway has played an important role within Sheffield for almost 150 years, and it’s therefore fitting that we should be recognising such an important milestone at the city’s railway station.”

Geoff Marston, from Sheffield Rotary Club, added: “From very humble beginnings, self-taught Harry Brearley discovered stainless steel – and his legacy lives on in the worldwide impact that this material has had on so many aspects of our modern lives.”

He added: “It is used in everything from kitchenware and medical instruments to buildings, aerospace, power generation and petro-chemicals.

“It is very fitting that the Master Cutler will unveil this centenary plaque.”

In addition to the commemorative plaque – which will be installed on the station’s main concourse – there will also be a screen set up for passengers travelling through the station, with a DVD showing the manufacture and history of stainless steel.

The plaque launch and display at the station are among a host of events across Sheffield to mark 100 years since Harry Brearley’s historic discovery.

Master Cutler Mr MacDonald told The Star that events for the centenary will help to boost Sheffield’s present day economy.

He said: “The centenary has given us a wonderful opportunity not just to recognise Harry, his discovery and his legacy, but to highlight the continuing spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that has ensured that this region remains at the forefront of engineering.

“Above all, the centenary celebrations have given us a unique chance to blow our own trumpet for a change, and to celebrate the Sheffield City Region.”