Sheffield-born metallurgist Harry Brearley’s achievement in discovering stainless steel a century ago took centre stage at this year’s Cutler’s Feast.
Both Master Cutler Neil MacDonald and principal guest, Metropolitain Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said how privileged they felt to be speaking at the feast during the centenary year.
Welcoming guests to the 377th Cutlers’ Feast to be held in the city, Mr MacDonald said Brearley’s discovery at the Brown Firth laboratories in Sheffield had changed the world and made Sheffield synonymous with stainless steel and cutlery.
Mr MacDonald said: “The centenary has given us a wonderful opportunity not just to recognise Harry, his discovery and his legacy, but to highlight the continuing spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship that has ensured that this region remains at the forefront of advanced engineering. Above all it has given us a unique chance to blow our own trumpet for a change, and to celebrate the Sheffield City Region.”
Meanwhile, Sir Bernard hailed Brearley’s discovery as “one of the things that made this city a great industrial city.”