Sheffield octogenarian Peter goes back to steelworks

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FORMER steelmaker Peter Cocker returned to Forgemasters’ Brightside Lane site to celebrate his 80th birthday - where he took a trip down memory lane and checked out how things have changed.

Peter, from Wadsley, was given a guided tour of the site by chief production engineer John Stocks and planning and dispatch manager Richard Daubney, after asking to come back and visit the historic Sheffield steelworks as a special birthday treat.

Peter started at the company in 1946 at the age of 14 and retired in 1992.

Both his parents also worked at English Steel, now Sheffield Forgemasters.

He said: “I had a brilliant day and it really brought back wonderful memories of all the years I spent working there. It was great to meet many of my former colleagues, some of whom had been apprentices when I retired!

“I am extremely grateful to everyone at Forgemasters for having me to visit - it was a great way to celebrate turning 80.”

Peter was accompanied by his daughter, Helen, who arranged the visit.

Helen added: “I just want to say a huge thank you to John and Richard, and to everyone else who came over to talk us and made dad’s day so special. He loved it and really enjoyed meeting many former colleagues.”

Octogenarian Peter said: “Forgemasters was always a great company to work for, and the fact that many of my former colleagues still work there shows that it still is.

“I am pleased to see Forgemasters continuing to produce first-class engineering which puts Sheffield on the map as a world leader, and I am proud to have been part of its history.”