A new era for Teesside

History was made when Redcar's blast furnace re-started on Sunday. It marked steelmaking's return to Teesside after a two-year absence.

The blast furnace was mothballed two years ago under its former owner, Corus. 1600 jobs were lost and 150 years of steelmaking on Teesside came to an end.

Attempts to find a new buyer immediately began and, eventually, the Thai firm SSI bought the site. It took months to test and repair all the equipment. The process took engineers longer than anticipated, meaning there were several delays for the re-lighting, stretching back to December.

Finally though, the big day arrived, and a re-lighting ceremony - attended by SSI management and workers - took place on Sunday.