We have two statues in Sheffield that are tributes to the men who worked in the steel industry that put this city on the world map, and to the women of steel who kept the industry going while the men were away at war.
One statue, that began its life inside Meadowhall, now stands outside the Next store at Meadowhall like a discarded ornament on the shopping centre car park, while the other stands in loneliness outside the City Hall.
These statues are a tribute to both the men and women of Sheffield’s steel industry, and should be regarded with the same respect.
Would it not be a more fitting tribute if these two statues were together?
I have never really understood why the steelworkers were placed at Meadowhall, it isn’t the only spot in Sheffield where steelworks once stood.
Surely it would be more fitting if the two statues were placed together in the heart of the city, one either side of the City Hall steps, so that people could pay their respect to both sexes who played such an important part in Sheffield’s history.