Sheffield welcomed two special guests to a celebration event marking 100 years of stainless steel – giant horses’ heads from Scotland.
The three metre high creatures, known as kelpies, are the smaller offspring of impressive parents.
They are to be a massive 30 metres tall and are being constructed with the help of steel giant Outokumpu as part of a park development in Falkirk.
The smaller models – which together still weigh in at a hefty 1,400 kgs – came to the city to the conference and exhibition at The University of Sheffield.
They were also put on display outside Outokumpo’s city headquarters for an anniversary event attended by the Finnish ambassador, Pekka Huhtaniemi.
Accompanying the kelpies were their designer Andy Scott and Tim Burton of SH Structures, the company in charge of construction duties.
The conference hosted by the Sheffield Metallurgical and Engineering Association and the British Stainless Steel Association welcomed more than 200 delegates.
They listened to industry experts and keynote speeches from Michael Fallon, Minister for Business and Enterprise, and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Outokumpu chief executive officer Mika Seitovirta spoke to over 300 guests on the theme of stainless steel in the world today.
The celebrations ended with pupils, customers and the families of employees visiting the Outokumpu’s Sheffield production facilities.