Steel Is Saved

Today, Friday 18 March, we witnessed a truly historic event, when we watched the Save Our Steel Flag lowered from its place outside Eston Town Hall for the very last time. The event was witnessed by council dignitaries, offi cers, SSI Vice President Jira Chotinuchit  nd both local MPs. Redcar & Cleveland Mayor Ray Goddard said: “Today is a beautiful sunny day, for a beautiful sunny occasion and it’s a day for celebration.” He went on to say  thank you to all involved for their efforts and said it was a job well done. Council leader George Dunning said: “The fl ag was raised on 19 January, 2010 and cost £400, it was a good investment. “Every day since then, the fl ag has been put up and down by Stuart Durham and today he will be taking it down for the very last time. And next week TATA will hand over the keys for the blast furnace to Thai SSI and they are hoping to get it up and running again by September.” Redcar MP Ian Swales said: “ It really is a great day. It’s a resurrection and it’s good that all were pulling in the right direction for the good of the steel industry. I am proud to have been part of putting Redcar back on the map.” Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough & East Cleveland said: “I remember the day very well, when we sadly raised the fl ag. It was early in the morning and very cold. The fl ag was paid for by the public service trade union Unison, Redcar & Cleveland Branch to show their solidarity and support for the steelworkers and I thank them for that. “On March 26th myself and some of the steelworkers will show our support and join them on their march, to fi ght for jobs in public services.” Eve Cole, Branch Secretary of Unison said: “The 19 January, was a very sad day for so many people. It marked the end of an industry, but I was proud to have been part of it all.” The fl ag is now to be taken to Kirkleatham Museum where it will be preserved as part of Teesside steel industry’s great heritage


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