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Former Round Oak workers get first-hand glimpse of long-awaited steelworks monument for Brierley Hill

A steel monument dedicated to the former Round Oak Steelworks is nearing completion, 40 years after the plant closed its gates for the last time.

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L-R Cllr Wayne Little_ Cradley Heath based fabricator Vince Thompson_ Frank Chamberlain from Brierley Hill Cultural Consortium_ former Round Oak worker Mike Horton_ Cllr Adam Davies and former Round Oak worker John

Former employees of Brierley Hill’s famous steelworks have visited a Black Country fabrication workshop the monument is being made.

The main structure of the monument, which now looks very different to early diagrammatic illustrations published last year, is being made from Corten Steel – the same metal used for the iconic Angel of the North.

The original design of the Round Oak Steelworks monument

Various other design elements, such as chunky steel rivets and side pivots have also been incorporated into the final design to help represent a ladle pouring molten steel.