British Steel apprentices have used their advanced welding skills to create a lasting memorial to commemorate the centenary of the end of the First World War.
The beautifully-crafted bench was created by a group of 7 Base Craft apprentices at our Scunthorpe Apprentice Training Centre to support Frederick Gough School’s campaign to mark the anniversary. It will remain in the school grounds on Grange Lane South in Scunthorpe as a permanent tribute to those who lost their lives in World War 1.
The apprentices received help from colleagues at our Scunthorpe Metal Centre and North Lindsey College Instructor Nick O’Hara.
“The pupils worked hard to honour the memory of soldiers from the area who lost their lives in the battle, so when the school approached us we were happy to be able to step in and use our skills to create a lasting memorial,” said Max Richard, Base Craft Apprentice.
“We have the chance to get involved in multiple opportunities to support our local community during our apprenticeship, and it’s a part of the training we all enjoy and look forward to. This was a particularly enjoyable project as it really tested our welding skills and the results of our work will help generations of pupils at Frederick Gough School to honour the memory of those who lost their lives in the conflict.”
The bench was officially unveiled in the school grounds during a special remembrance service today.
“We’ve been working on a project in school for remembering those who had fallen in our area, so we raised money and funds to create commemorations for those who died from the Bottesford area,” said Frederick Gough history teacher Jessica Mae Sayers.
“We really wanted to make this a community effort and wanted to incorporate Scunthorpe in a wider role. The steelworks had a vital role in the community during World War 1 and some of the individuals we are commemorating actually worked in the steel industry. With this in mind we wanted to remember the vital role that all played in the war and to support our local community by asking British Steel to create a permanent structure for our students to respect and remember.”