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Friday, 31 October 2014

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Plans for memorial to steel industry in Workington

Young people will be given the chance to contribute to a memorial to Workington’s industrial heritage.

Allerdale Youth Council will be invited to help create a mosaic honouring the town’s steel history.

County, borough and town councillor Marjorie Rae wants to put a slab of locally sourced limestone, carved with an image of the steelworks’ Bessemer converter, on Bessemer Way.

She wants to put a floor mosaic and seating alongside the stone, near the site of the former steelworks.

She will consult Allerdale Youth Council next week on its possible input into the mosaic.

Coun Rae has allocated £15,000 of her county council allowance for local projects to fund the memorial, which is still in planning stages.

She will ask the council’s Allerdale local committee to approve the spending on September 18.

Coun Rae came up with the idea after plans by former Allerdale councillor and Stainburn Community Group chairman Bob Hardon to put a 15ft replica of the Bessemer convertor on Stainburn roundabout fell through due to lack of funding.

She initially wanted to put her memorial on the roundabout but the Highways Agency, which managed the A66, refused permission.

Coun Rae said: “The simple reason for it is that we had industry in West Cumbria and now everything is gone and nobody seems bothered. The rails produced here went all over the world.

“I think we should still have that industry now because we have a lot of young people who will grow up to find there are no jobs.”

Meanwhile, Allerdale council’s plans to place a 15-tonne mill roll stand, used to refine steel at the steelworks, on the Solway Road roundabout are still being worked on.

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think someone should get a petition going to bring back the bessemer converter back to workington from sheffield where it belongs

Posted by chris on 5 September 2014 at 14:01

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