Pupils’ Women of Steel questions made them credit to their school

From left Connie, Woman of Steel Marjorie Neal, Connor and Lennon of Valley Park School, Gleadless

From left Connie, Woman of Steel Marjorie Neal, Connor and Lennon of Valley Park School, Gleadless

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After reading the story of my war-time work in the Women of Steel book, Mrs Stevenson of Valley Park School, Gleadless, contacted me and asked if I would come to the school to talk to the children.

But, as I am now 96 and was reluctant to travel across the city from Stannington, it was arranged for two teachers and three scholars to come to speak to me. They were Mrs Gladwin, Mrs Wise, and Connor, Lennon and Connie.

They came armed with questions, some of which were written by others in their class, and I was pleased to tell them about the secret factory known as ‘the Avro’ that was situated under Yeadon airport where 75 per cent of the Lancaster bombers, Lincolns and the training planes, known as the Avro Ansons were made.

I was recruited for war work in 1941 and after spending three months training to be an electrician at The Government Training Centre on West Bar, Sheffield, I was sent to work at ‘The Avro’ in Yeadon which was just north of Leeds, and my job was to wire up the wireless operator and navigator’s instrument panels which were assembled in the planes.

The children asked very sensible questions and showed a genuine interest in all aspects of work done by the Women Steel during the war.

I was delighted to welcome them in to my home. Well done Connor, Lennon and Connie. You are a credit to your school.

Marjorie Neal

Fairbarn Road, Sheffield S6

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