Sheffield steelworker pals share memories - and a £1.30 pint

A reunion for former-Templeborough steel workers held at the Magna centre in Rotherham.
A reunion for former-Templeborough steel workers held at the Magna centre in Rotherham.
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Hundreds of pals who worked side by side in a steelworks were reunited after more than 20 years.

Former workers at Templeborough Steel in Tinsley swapped their life stories, and introduced each other to their families, at the event.

Friends could sip a drink at 1994 prices - as pints were priced just £1.30.

Maltby Brass Band provided entertainment for the crowds at venue Magna Science and Adventure Centre, which is on the site of the old foundry.

John Silker, general manager of Magna, said around 250 workers had attended with their families.

He added: “There were people who hadn’t seen each other for 20 years so it was great for them to get together and catch up.

“It was 20 years since the old foundry closed in November and we wanted to mark it.

“We made contact with people through staff here and spread the word. We didn’t have the budget for marketing but 250 people came.”

Guests enjoyed a free dinner of pie and peas, provided by Magna suppliers.

And the event was such a success organisers are hoping to put on more in future.

John added: “People were asking whether we could do more so we are going to sit down and look at that.

“Another idea is to do it for people who worked in the local coal industry so we are also going to look at that.

“There’s got to be more people out there who would love to get together.”