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East Midlands Trains helps Sheffield to celebrate 100 years of stainless steel

East Midlands Trains helps Sheffield to celebrate 100 years of stainless steel

Key figures from Sheffield will be gathering to celebrate the city’s heritage and pay tribute to Harry Brearley, the inventor of stainless steel, on Thursday 6 June at Sheffield station.

Sheffield’s Harry Brearley, the son of a steelworker, invented ‘rustless’ steel back in 1913.  100 years on, Sheffield remains an important centre for specialist steel production.

To mark the centennial anniversary of stainless steel, and to recognise Harry Brearley’s significant contribution to the city, a plaque will be unveiled in his honour by the Master Cutler.
Representatives from East Midlands Trains will be joined by senior business leaders representing the local steel industry and members of the Sheffield Rotary Clubs to mark the occasion.

Jason Cocker, East Midlands Trains Station Manager for Sheffield, said: “We’re really pleased to be helping the city to commemorate 100 successful years of stainless steel.  The railway has played an important role within Sheffield for almost 150 years, and it’s therefore fitting that we should be recognising such an important milestone at the city’s railway station.”

The event has been organised by the Sheffield Rotary Clubs in partnership with East Midlands Trains. 


Geoff Marston from the Sheffield Rotary Club added: “From very humble beginnings, self-taught Harry Brearley discovered stainless steel and his legacy lives on in the worldwide impact that this material has had on so many aspects of our modern lives – from kitchenware and medical instruments to buildings, aerospace, power generation and petro-chemicals. It is very fitting that the Master Cutler will unveil this centenary plaque”.

In addition to a commemorative plaque on permanent display at the station, there will also be a screen set up with a DVD showing the manufacture and history of stainless steel for passengers travelling through the station.