El Paso lunch for Sheffield’s Women Of Steel

Womenas Of Steel Ruby Gascoigne, with the book about her life and author Stephen Johnson.
Womenas Of Steel Ruby Gascoigne, with the book about her life and author Stephen Johnson.

Sheffield’s Women of Steel will attend a fundraising lunch at the city’s El Paso Mexican and Italian restaurant and bar to help boost an appeal for a £150,000 statue.

Bosses at the venue in Cumberland Street will donate profits from the launch of their new lunchtime menu on Tuesday, September 2.

El Paso, at the bottom of The Moor, is hoping workers, shoppers and others will book a place too to sample the new menu and help the appeal.

The statue, which will go up outside Sheffield City Hall, will honour women who ran the region’s steel mills in two world wars.

Other fundraising has included the return of The Star Walk and a concert, which featured many of the region’s biggest pop and rock names.

Diners will meet some of the surviving Women of Steel, now in their 90s, and watch a screening of the Women of Steel documentary. Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore and The Star’s digital editor Graham Walker, who helped to organise the rock concert, will address the lunch event, from 12.30pm.

The restaurant chose the appeal because of the nearby Moor’s part in World War Two history. Much of The Moor was destroyed on December 12, 1940, the first night of the Sheffield Blitz. Atkinsons department store wasn’t rebuilt until 1960.

El Paso’s Nasir Iqbal said: “It’s a real honour to be able to donate to such a worthy cause as the Women of Steel.

“The site of our building played a pivotal roll in World War Two so raising money to remember the thousands of South Yorkshire women who played such an important role in the war is really important to us.”

Places can be booked by calling 0114 273 9523 or emailing info@elpasorestaurant.co.uk

n An Elvis tribute night featuring Steve Del Rio and the Dixie Mafia, a quiz, raffle and DJ, at The Railway Hotel, Wadsley Bridge, raised £200 towards the appeal, says organiser Mike Lawton.