Summat’s Brewin’ for the Women of Steel statue appeal – a new fundraising beer by Rotherham’s Chantry Brewery will be named in their honour, writes Graham Walker.
Some of the women, now in the 90s, who kept the steel mills going during WW2, will help to pour the first pint at the brewery’s own pub, The Cutlers Arms, in Westgate, Rotherham, on Wednesday, September 17, at 11am.
Yorkshire folk duo O’Hooley and Tidow, who have taken this year’s major folk festivals by storm, will be there to perform their hit song Summat’s Brewin - a celebration of beer brewed by Yorkshire’s independents.
A donation from every pint will help to boost the appeal for a £150,000 statue to honour the women who manned the steel mills in two world wars, which will go up outside Sheffield City Hall.
“We are all steel workers and when we heard about the Women of Steel Statue, we wanted to do something to support it and we’re delighted to be producing a beer in their honour”, said head brewer Mick Warburton, who urged the public to attend the launch next week.
Plans have also been announced for a classical music concert to help the appeal, which is now expected to hit its target before the end of the year.
The internationally renowned classical Ensemble 360 will open their new Music in the Round season with a concert towards funds at the Sheffield Crucible Studio on Thursday, October 9
Two romantic works, Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E ﬂat and Schubert’s Octet of 1824, have been chosen for the evening, when some of the original Women of Steel will also attend.
Tickets are £16.50; £11 for disabled and unemployed and £5 for under 18s and students. They are available in person at Sheffield Theatres box office, call 0114 249 6000 or visit www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk.
A Women Of Steel Folk Concert at Sheffield Cathedral, featuring award winning names including Martin Simpson, Fay Heild; John Tams, Barry Coope; Julie Matthews, Chris While; Roy Bailey; Ray Hearne, Nat Johnson and more is expected to be the final fundraiser on November 26, at 7.15pm: Tickets £18 each, subject to booking fee. Buy in person from the Cathedral Shop or online at www.sheffieldcathedral.org.
John Palmer, one of the co-ordinators, with The Star, of the two forthcoming concerts and last year’s star-studded rock and pop fundraising gig at the City Hall, said: “The response from musicians across pop, folk and the classics has been absolutely breathtaking.
“We need the public to get behind the beer launch and make the classical and folk concerts complete sell outs.”
For more visit www.womenofsteeltheconcert.co.uk.