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Special piece of Workington’s steel heritage now on public display

11 March 2015

A unique piece of Workington’s industrial heritage has been officially unveiled by Councillor Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council.

The 7ft structure of a refurbished set of mill rolls was saved from the Moss Bay steelworks after its closure in 2006, and is now on public display on the town’s Solway Road roundabout – a key gateway into Workington.

In addition to the monument, Cllr Smith also revealed a set of four interpretation panels, which showcase the mill rolls’ history including commemorating the hot steel rolling of railway track products at the Moss Bay steelworks site dating back to 1877.

Cllr Smith was joined by former steelworkers and apprentices from Tata Steel. Over the last few months, the apprentices have been cleaning up the old mill rolls in readiness for their display.

Councillor Smith said: “Workington has an amazing history in the creation of railway tracks – one of the steelworkers at the celebrations today told me that the rails which were made in the town would go five times round the world if they were placed end to end. These steel products were exported on an international scale, to countries as far away as India and Australia.

“It has taken several years to bring this heritage project to fruition and it has been made possible by our partners, Tata Steel and Mossbay Metals in Workington, Lawson’s Haulage of Cockermouth, Cumbria County Council and Allerdale Councillor Barbara Cannon who helped secure the funding.”

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