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Ecclesiastical visit to Sheffield steelworks

20 May 2011

The Archbishop of York and senior clergy took time to visit a city steelworks as part of their visit of South Yorkshire.

The Archbishop of York and senior clergy took time to visit a city steelworks as part of their visit of South Yorkshire.

Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop and his colleagues, including the Bishop of Sheffield, toured Sheffield Forgemasters for the first time ever for a look around the 200-year-old steelworks led by chief executive Graham Honeyman and non-executive director Peter Birtles.

During the visit the Archbishop met some of the 850 employees and young apprentices that work at the 63-acre site, with discussions about the manufacturing sector as a whole and the history of Forgemasters.

Peter Birtles said: “We were delighted to hold this historic visit for the Archbishop and his senior colleagues and provide an insight into the steel heritage of Sheffield and the wider world of manufacturing.

“All the clergy seemed to have thoroughly enjoyed hearing about the history of Forgemasters with Dr Sentamu spending a lot of time talking to the various members of staff and in particular the apprentices and listening to their achievements and experiences here.

“As this was the first visit for the Bishop of Sheffield we hope that he and some of his colleagues from the city visit us again in the near future.”

The tour of Forgemasters forms part of the Archbishop’s visit to Sheffield culminated ended at the Cutlers Hall for the annual Cutlers Feast.