Sheffield’s Women Of Steel have made a TV plea to help sell out a star-studded concert in Sheffield this weekend towards a £150,000 statue in their honour, writes Graham Walker.
Dorothy Slingsby and Kathleen Roberts, two of the surviving women who worked in the steel factories during World War Two, were joined on the BBC Breakfast show couch by the city’s own Grammy award winning Eliot Kennedy, who will lead the house band.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch the clip - courtesy of the BBC.
Kathleen said of the statue bid: “It will be just wonderful. We were girls at the time and had our youth taken away from us. It was all work. To repay them with something like this would be wonderful.”
Eliot said: “I’m very proud to be from Sheffield. Everyone we went to wanted to support the concert...Heaven 17, ABC’s Martin Fry, Tony Christie - they are all involved.
“It’s not just a good thing for Sheffield. The statue is overdue.”
Also taking part in The Star backed show for free at Sheffield City Hall this Saturday - November 9, 2013 - are John Shuttleworth, John Parr, Baby Bird, X Factor’s Janet Devlin, Paul Pashley, Philippa Hanna, Nat Johnson, Ray Hearne and many more.
There will be special guest appearances by Reverend and the Makers’ front man Jon McClure, Dean Andrews, from hit TV show Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, BBC Ancient Egypt presenter Joann Fletcher and DJs and presenters from our local radio stations, including Real Radio’s Dixie and Gayle, Capital’s Hirsty, BBC Radio Sheffield’s Toby Foster and Hallam FM’s Steve White.
The Purple Cats Choir, Cornerstone Brass, Classic Calypso and The Yorkshire Tea Bags skiffle group will also add extra variety to the evening. Line-up subject to change.
Richard Hawley, Lesley Garrett, Paul Carrack and Kate Rusby, who cannot be there, are among a galaxy of stars who have also donated songs for a fund-raising Women Of Steel album.
The Everly Pregnant Brothers and The Yorkshire Tea Bags have even written special tribute songs.
It is available for £10.99 from the Women of Steel Concert website www.womenofsteeltheconcert.co.uk or through iTuness.
A Women Of Steel song has been written and produced for separate release by Eliot Kennedy, John Parr and John Reilly. It will gets its world premiere with a live performance on Saturday night.
Proceeds from the show, album and forthcoming song, will go to the Women of Steel Appeal for a statue in Barker’s Pool, honouring the Sheffield women who kept the steelworks running while their men went off to fight in both World Wars.
* Tickets for the show are £20 and £22, subject to a booking fee. For an extra £10, show ticket holders can get a pass to the special after show party, to mix with some of the stars and featuring entertainment from Paul Pashley and soul/funk band The Tempertons.
Buy in person, call the Box Office on 0114 2789789 or visit www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk.