Christmas parties cancelled due to Rotherham factory blaze

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More than 1,400 people had their Christmas party cancelled due to a fire at a former recycling plant in Rotherham.

The fire started on Saturday, December 20, at Sterecycle Ltd on Sheffield Road, Templeborough, and involved 2,000 tonnes of plastic.

John Silker

John Silker

It resulted in the neighbouring Magna Science and Adventure Centre being evacuated and two Christmas parties being cancelled.

Bosses at Magna, which is based in the former Templeborough steel works, said the disruption caused by the blaze was a ‘disappointing end to an otherwise successful year’.

Chief executive John Silker said: “We really felt for all the people who had their Christmas parties cancelled at such short notice, but we had no choice because of the smoke in the building. 
“We have been working hard to sort out refunds for everyone as quickly as we can. We took advice from South Yorkshire Fire Service who worked so professionally in difficult circumstances and sadly had to cancel the parties and close the centre on Sunday, but Magna is just about back to normal now.”

Six other party nights in December went ahead as planned, with more than 4,000 revellers attending.

Visitor numbers to Magna remained steady with just under 100,000 people coming through the doors in 2014.

Corporate events in the last year have include the Yorkshire International Business Convention and the site is on course for turnover of more than £1m for 2014/15.

Sterecycle closed it went into administration.

An explosion in 2011 killed Michael Whinfrey, 42, and the company was last year found guilty of corporate manslaughter.