Launch of steel anniversary book

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A unique book created to mark 100 years of stainless steel is to be unveiled officially tonight.

Star readers are invited to the launch of 100 Years of Stainless Steel Sheffield: 1913-2013, which will take place at Waterstones book shop in Orchard Square, Sheffield, at 6pm.

Master Cutler Neil MacDonald will give a short talk about the city’s celebrations to mark the anniversary of Harry Brearley’s discovery.

The Star’s Retro Editor, Nancy Fielder, who edited and compiled the book, will also be giving an insight into the special edition as well as signing copies.

The hardback book has more than 190 pages and is split into three sections covering the discovery, evolution and legacy of stainless steel.

It includes the extraordinary story of its discovery as well as scores of photos showing how it has been used on some of the most iconic buildings of the 21st century.

Nancy said: “It was a great pleasure compiling a book which tells one of the most important chapters of Sheffield history. So many great Sheffield firms and individuals contributed memories and photos - the book truly offers a unique insight into a hugely important discovery.”