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Statue to recognise Scunthorpe's steelworkers

Miniature model of a statue showing man pushing a bike alongside a woman
Image caption The statue will be made from steel by Barton-based artist Michael Scrimshaw

Plans for a 17ft sculpture to recognise Scunthorpe's steelworkers and their families have been revealed.

It will show a man pushing a bike walking alongside a female colleague in front of a backdrop of a steel works.

It will be made from steel and created by local artist and sculptor Michael Scrimshaw.

The project is expected to cost £40,000 and campaigners hope to have the sculpture erected in Church Square by October.

The Scunthorpe Steeltown Group said it would be a fitting tribute to the men and women who have worked in the town's steel industry.

The former mayor of Scunthorpe, Jim Pearson, 70, who is also a retired steelworker and chairman of Scunthorpe Steeltown Group, said: "Michael has done a great job and we're all happy with how it will look.

"We need something to represent all the former steelworkers and show some kind of recognition to [current] workers."

Mr Scrimshaw, 40, said he has "a great respect for the steelworkers and their families".

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