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Birthday girl Ruby Gascoigne and her Women Of Steel pals celebrated early with a special tipple - a new fundraising beer named after them, writes Graham Walker.

The Women Of Steel ale, in honour of the women who kept the steel mills going during two world wars, has been brewed by Rotherham’s Chantry Brewery and was launched at its own pub, The Cutlers Arms, in Westgate.

Cheers! Ruth Gascoigne, Kit Sollitt, Dorothy Slingsby and Kathleen Roberts pulling the first pint of the new Women Of Steel beer

Cheers! Ruth Gascoigne, Kit Sollitt, Dorothy Slingsby and Kathleen Roberts pulling the first pint of the new Women Of Steel beer

Women Of Steel survivors Ruby, who turns 92 tomorrow, Kathleen Roberts and Dorothy Slingsby, both 93, plus Kit Solitt, 95, poured and sampled the first pint.

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Chantry Brewery bosses Sean Page and Mick Warburton will donate 10p from every pint sold at pubs and real ale outlets around the region, towards a Star backed £150,000 statue to honour the women.

“Not only is it a nice drink, it’s going to a great cause,” said Sean. Details of outlets will be on their web site at www.chantrybrewery.co.uk

The Women of Steel beer has been launched at the Cutlers Arms pub, Rotherham. Our picture shows Women of Steel, from left, Kathleen Roberts, Dorothy Slingsby, Kit Sollitt, and Ruby Gascoigne.

The Women of Steel beer has been launched at the Cutlers Arms pub, Rotherham. Our picture shows Women of Steel, from left, Kathleen Roberts, Dorothy Slingsby, Kit Sollitt, and Ruby Gascoigne.

The women were serenaded by Yorkshire folk duo O’Hooley and Tidow, with aptly named single, Summat’s Brewin.

Ruby said: “I don’t know what beer’s supposed to taste like, but it’s nice.”

Dorothy added: “It’s brillliant.”

Kit said: “It’s gorgeous. It reminds me of the old John Smith’s bitter.”

The Women of Steel beer has been launched at the Cutlers Arms pub, Rotherham. Our picture shows folk duo O'Hooley and Tidow at the launch.

The Women of Steel beer has been launched at the Cutlers Arms pub, Rotherham. Our picture shows folk duo O'Hooley and Tidow at the launch.

Kathleen said: “It’s a beer my dad would have loved. Very good.”

A classical concert for the appeal will launch the Music in the Round season at Sheffield Crucible Studio on October 9. The statue appeal is expected to reach its target with a Women Of Steel Folk Concert at Sheffield Cathedral, on November 26.

John Palmer, a key fundraiser, working closely with The Star’s Graham Walker, said: “If people support the concerts and the beer, we are there.”

Visit www.womenofsteeltheconcert.co.uk and make a donation at www.justgiving.com/womenofsteel

The Women of Steel beer has been launched at the Cutlers Arms pub, Rotherham. Our picture shows Rotherham United chairman and club owner Tony Stewart, right, with Chantry Brewery director Sean Page.

The Women of Steel beer has been launched at the Cutlers Arms pub, Rotherham. Our picture shows Rotherham United chairman and club owner Tony Stewart, right, with Chantry Brewery director Sean Page.