Plans for new Sheffield statue receive boost

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A Sheffield restaurant is to boost the city’s Women Of Steel campaign by donating profits from its new lunch menu launch.

El Paso has pledged all profits from the event to a campaign to build a statue to remember the thousands of South Yorkshire women who toiled in the city’s armaments factories while the men were away fighting.

The Cumberland Street restaurant, at the bottom of The Moor in the city centre, is hoping the cash raised at its Women of Steel event on Tuesday, September 2, will help the campaign reach its final target.

The aim is to raise £150,000 to erect the sculpture in Barker’s Pool in the city centre, and follows The Star’s campaign which first brought the women’s story back into the spotlight.

El Paso chose to back the campaign because of the restaurant’s own part in World War Two history.

The Moor area was destroyed on December 12, 1940, the first night of the Sheffield Blitz – Atkinson’s department store, which sits nearby, was not rebuilt until 1960.

The restaurant’s Women Of Steel event will include a screening of a rare film made in the 1980s to tell the story of the women.

Coun Julie Dore, Sheffield Council leader, is due to attend, along with several of the Women of Steel who took their campaign for a memorial to Downing Street.

Nasir Iqbal, of El Paso, said: “It’s a real honour to be able to donate to such a worthy cause.

“Remembering the women that played such an important role in the war is really important.”