Tees

Memorial to Teesside steel campaigner Geoff Waterfield

  • 30 January 2013
  • From the section Tees
Geoff Waterfield
Image caption Mr Waterfield died in August 2011

A memorial to a union official who successfully lobbied to retain steelmaking on Teesside, is to be unveiled next month.

Geoff Waterfield, 43, was at the head of a campaign to save steelmaking in Redcar, when the town's Corus plant was mothballed in 2009.

He organised the "Save Our Steel" campaign, which led to Thai firm, SSI Steel, buying the plant a year later.

Mr Waterfield died suddenly of leukaemia in August 2011.

SSI bosses have confirmed the memorial will be unveiled on 11 February.

During the campaign Mr Waterfield flew to Thailand to urge SSI to take on the former Corus plant.

The blast furnace at the site was relit by Mr Waterfield's 11-year-old son Willis in April last year.

SSI said Mr Waterfield's family had been involved in the design of the memorial, which has been made in part from the first 24-tonne slab of steel produced at the site.

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