Sheffield Forgemasters Conducts Socially Distanced Remembrance Service

Employees at Sheffield Forgemasters paused to remember those who gave their lives in two world wars during a socially-distanced remembrance service at the Brightside Lane site.

Ruth Crowley, from the South Yorkshire Chaplaincy and Listening service, delivered a shortened outdoor service, in compliance with Covid-19 safety measures, which saw wreaths of poppies laid in front of commemorative plaques and a two minute silence at 11am.

Six bronze 'River Don' plaques, positioned at the number one gate of the Brightside Lane entrance to Sheffield Forgemasters, list the names of brave steelworkers who fell during World War One and World War Two.

David Bond, Chief Executive Officer, said: “We took all reasonable precautions to ensure that remembrance for those who fell during the two world wars could be carried out, allowing employees to pay their respects.

“Although the service at gate one had to be restricted in numbers so that we could keep everybody safe, employees across all areas of the site were invited to pay their respects at 11am.

“It is difficult to do justice to those who gave their lives for their country, but we have an obligation to remember those brave men and women.

“The remembrance service at Sheffield Forgemasters takes place each year and we were determined that it should go ahead safely this year.”

Attendees at the service were required to wear face coverings throughout and allocated standing positions were set out 2.5 metres apart to maintain social distancing.

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