Steelmaking returns to Teesside

Redcar's blast furnace has been relit, after it was mothballed two years ago.

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Redcar steel production resumes

Workers look on as the first piece of steel is produced Credit: ITV News

The first steel to be produced in Redcar for two years has left the production line.

Workers at the SSI site looked on as it made its way across the floor. The slab will be made into a permanent memorial to recognise the people who fought to reopen the steelworks.

The first shipment of steel is expected to leave Teesside in the next three weeks.


Teesside's blast furnace alight once more

Redcar's blast furnace was re-lit yesterday, bringing steel-making back to Teesside after a two year absence. A ceremony was held to mark the occasion at four-thirty pm. It was attended by workers, SSI management, union leaders and also the partner and son of Geoff Waterfield.

Mr Waterfield was instrumental in bringing steel-making back but, sadly, died last August before his dream was realised. His son, Wills, performed the ceremonial re-lighting with a blazing lance.The first slab of steel is expected within the next three days.

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