Magna turns clock back to World War One with centenary event

A woman working in Templeborough steelworks during the World War Two
A woman working in Templeborough steelworks during the World War Two
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Magna Science Adventure Centre will be turning the clock back to World War One with a special evening of stories, songs and music commemorating the building’s construction.

Templeborough steelworks, the home of Magna, was completed in 1917 to supply shell steel for the war.

The steelworks, on Sheffield Road, Rotherham, had an important part to play in World War Two, producing shells, tanks and wheels.

A commemorative evening on Thursday, November 13, will feature a pie and peas supper and wartime singers.

Historians will recall the role of Templeborough steelworks and there will be a reading of the names of 80 former employees who lost their lives on the frontline, plus a rendition of the Last Post.

John Silker, Magna’s chief executive, said: “This event will reflect not just the efforts of the men involved in the wars, but also the women who were left behind, many of them who worked in munitions.”

Tickets are £10 for the event which runs from 6.30pm and 10.30pm. There will be a fancy dress competition, with a prize for the best period costume.

n To book call 01709 723 118 or email events@magnatrust.co.uk