Teesside Steel – The Final Years

Teesside Steel

Teesside’s steel industry was born in the 1850’s and died in October 2015. Steelworker Mike Guess took it upon himself to record the final few years of iron and steel making on Teesside.  ..the mothball, restart and eventual closing of iron and steelmaking on Teesside was something that I was not going to fail to record. It was almost an obligation to future generations..

As well as Mike’s beautiful book there is currently a new exhibition, Steel Stories at the Kirkleatham Museum.

Men O’Steel

men o steelFrom the 1830’s onwards many Welshmen travelled to Middlesbrough to work in the iron industries. In 1886  a group of Welsh ironworkers gave a concert to raise money for the widows of  two workers who were killed in an accident. A year later a formal choir was formed, The Apollo. The choir remains one of the oldest male voice choirs in England.