More pay tribute to ex-steel chief

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Tributes continue to pour in for Sheffield-born, former British Steel Corporation chairman Sir Robert Scholey, who died this week at the age of 92.

Master Cutler Tony Pedder said “He was simply a giant figure in steel, anywhere in the world.”

“It almost feels like the end of an era,” said Mr Pedder, who is a former chief executive of Corus, the privatised group that succeeded BSC.

“I can’t speak highly enough of him. I owed him a hell of a lot. He took me under his wing when I was a young man. It was something he tended to do. He wanted to encourage youngsters to come through.

“He was a huge figure who had a lot to contend with in the steel industry in the 1970s and ’80s when other countries started to build very competitive steel industries and a lot of our customer base was eroded.”

Former Labour Industry Minister and Sheffield MP Richard Caborn said: “His death marks the end of an era.

“He was one of the old brigade. Whether you loved him or not, he was never devious. He told it as it was and because of that he was respected.

“He fought for the industry and ran the industry as an industrialist, when it was nationalised and privatised.”

Past Master Cutler Martin Howell described Sir Robert as “a man of huge stature” and emphasised his talents and interests, beyond the steel industry.

“He was a more complex man than perhaps people realised,” said Mr Howell.

“He was a reasonable linguist, speaking French and German, albeit with a rather strong accent, and he was also a great fan of opera.

“He gave a lot of support to Glyndebourne and was a great fan of Wagner.”