Meadowhall’s iconic ‘bronze statues at Market Street’ to stay outside permanently

Meadowhall Statues outside Next .
Meadowhall Statues outside Next .
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A STEELWORKERS’ sculpture that sparked controversy when it was moved from inside Meadowhall shopping centre is to stay outside.

A STEELWORKERS’ sculpture that sparked controversy when it was moved from inside Meadowhall shopping centre is to stay outside.

The iconic bronze ‘metal men’ landmark was a popular meeting point for shoppers on Market Street ever since the centre opened in September 1990.

But last August they were moved outside, as part of construction work, to sit near the centre entrance at the Next store.

Now it has been confirmed they are there to stay.

Angry shopper Barbara Godbehere said she was ‘disgusted with the demise of the fabulous Steelworkers sculpture’.

She called for the statue to be returned to a public place such as Fargate in Sheffield city centre ‘where it would be appreciated’.

Barbara added: “The management team of Meadowhall are clearly not from Sheffield, or they would not disrespect our heritage for a few square feet of money-making space.”

A Meadowhall spokesman said there were no current plans to move the statue, created by Robin Bell and depicting steel teemers at work, again.

She added: “There were a lot of discussions about where to put it as the aim was to keep it prominent.

“It is now in one of the busiest footfall areas.”

When the statue was moved as part of construction work and changes in the shopping centre Sheffield South East MP Clive Betts asked Meadowhall management to reconsider.

He underlined the link between Meadowhall and steel as the centre was one of the first schemes built after the collapse of the steel and engineering industries in the 1980s.

The statue was originally unvield by a real-life teemer George Dalton. Teemers are highly skilled workers, responsible for pouring steel into ingot moulds.