Sheffield firm to create sculpture to commemorate Sheffield Blitz

Forgemasters apprentices are to create a sculpture to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Sheffield Blitz''Back - Left to right: Rick Franckeiss, Joshua Dobson, James Gordon (Hayfield School, Doncaster), Jessica Price, Matt Cockayne (Goo Design), Amy Fretwell, Joe Frost, Paul Madin''Front ' Left to Right: Sam Quincey-Brooke, Jordan Guest, Joe Parfrement
Forgemasters apprentices are to create a sculpture to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Sheffield Blitz''Back - Left to right: Rick Franckeiss, Joshua Dobson, James Gordon (Hayfield School, Doncaster), Jessica Price, Matt Cockayne (Goo Design), Amy Fretwell, Joe Frost, Paul Madin''Front ' Left to Right: Sam Quincey-Brooke, Jordan Guest, Joe Parfrement

A steel firm is to create a sculpture to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Sheffield Blitz.

Sheffield Forgemasters will craft the sculpture, which will be based in Devonshire Green, where lives were lost in a German bombing raid during World War II.

The centrepiece will be built using recycled scrap materials at Forgemasters, whose predecessor, Vickers, played a key role as an armament producer during the war.

A team of 11 apprentices have volunteered to work on the project, which will take 12 months to complete.

The sculpture will act as a starting point for a proposed Blitz memorial trail around Sheffield incorporating 16 sites with plaques commemorating these who lost their lives during the two day bombing raid in December 1940, which killed

and wounded over 2,000.

Forgemasters’ chief executive Graham Honeyman, said: “This is not just about working as a team on a project but being involved in, and recognising, an important part of the city’s heritage.

“We believe the concept of a striking piece of public art sat in a city centre location, will become a real landmark for the region. The fact that the sculpture will be made by apprentices using recycled materials from our company and manufacturing processes is particularly important - as historically this site played such an important role during World War II.”