THE Archbishop of York and other senior clergy visited the 200-year-old Sheffield Forgemasters steelworks during an ecclesiastical tour of South Yorkshire.
Archbishop Dr John Sentamu and the Bishop of Sheffield Dr Steven Croft were shown around the Brightside Lane site by Forgemasters chief executive Graham Honeyman and non-executive director Peter Birtles.
Dr Sentamu met some of the 850 employees and young apprentices and discussed the challenges facing the manufacturing sector and the history of Forgemasters.
Peter said: “We were delighted to provide an insight into the steel heritage of Sheffield and the wider world of manufacturing.
“All the clergy seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the history of Forgemasters, with Dr Sentamu spending a lot of time talking to the various members of staff and in particular the apprentices and listening to their achievements and experiences here.
“As this was the first visit for the Bishop of Sheffield we hope he and some of his colleagues from the city visit us again in the near future.”