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Tributes paid to late Sheffield 'Woman of Steel' Ruby Gascoigne

Ruby Gascoigne died on Sunday morning. Credit: ITV

Tributes are being paid to one of Sheffield's campaigning Women of Steel Ruby Gascoigne who died yesterday.

The 95-year-old was one of the leading forces in the fight to get recognition for the women who kept the Sheffield steelworks producing munitions during the world wars.

She was one of four Women of Steel campaigners - alongside Kit Sollitt, Kathleen Roberts and Dorothy Slingsby - who led a fundraising appeal for a permanent reminder.

It was inspired by the efforts of women from Sheffield who worked day and night in the steelworks while most working age men were away at war.

They made munitions that helped during the war effort but were removed from work after the fighting finished - and their contribution went largely unacknowledged.

The fundraising appeal generated £170,000 and paid for a Women of Steel statue, which was unveiled in Barker's Pool last year.

A Women of Steel statue was unveiled in Barker's Pool last year. Credit: ITV

Darnall-born Ruby Gascoigne worked at Flathers munitions factory in Tinsley from 1939. She left to have a son in 1942 before returning to work until the end of the war. She worked on portable harbours that were used in the Normandy Landings.

After the war she worked as a cook in children's homes across Sheffield. She had five sons and died at a nursing home on Sunday morning.

Her son Kevin Gascoigne and Andrew Skelton from Sheffield City Council spoke to ITV Calendar to pay tribute to Ruby Gascoigne.