Steel women get silver screen showing

Kathleen Roberts and Kit Sollit
Kathleen Roberts and Kit Sollit
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MEMORIES came flooding back during the first ever public screening of a film about Sheffield’s Women Of Steel - the homeland heroes who made the weapons which won World War Two.

More than 70 people packed into Atkinsons department store in the city centre to attend the debut showing of the film which was made more than 25 years ago but never publicly released.

“I hated every minute of it,” said Kathleen Roberts, of Jordanthorpe, afterwards. “Not the film - that was ever so good - but the actual working itself I couldn’t stand.”

The 89-year-old who worked at Brown Baileys steel factory added: “Although a lot of the women enjoyed the work, it was never for me. But it had to be done, and I’m glad we did it. It is something I still think about every day. It’s great it’s still being talked about.”

The 1984 documentary - which features archive footage and interviews, and was made by the then Sheffield Film Co-operative - was discovered by local author Neil Anderson while researching a book about the period.

He said: “Sadly it seems the ladies that were featured in the film are no longer with us but it’s amazing to see how forthright and witty they are. It’s been an honour to be part of getting their efforts back in the spotlight.”

The DVD is available from The Star Shop.