‘Ironopolis’ (the Great City of Iron!).
My town was built from the mining of Iron, Iron brought prosperity and growth to the river Tees,
and the people that lived along it’s banks.
The Iron rich Cleveland hill’s still bare the scars left by the original rail track.
It leads from the hill’s down to the river Tees.
Tub’s were hauled up to the mines, by the powerful and majestic horses of the Shire.
The tub’s then were loaded with ore and were allowed to free wheel back down to the river.
Here it would be turned into the finest of iron and indeed used world wide.
The Sydney Harbour bridge is a perfect example of the structures
that were built, using Iron clawed from the hills of Cleveland.
But, the final ladle of molten metal shall be poured very soon.
when they tap the salamander for the final time,
2.500 men will become jobless. Thrown out onto the slag heap of life, to join the
phantasmagoria of the betrayed !
The "salamander" is the iron residue that has been processed
through the furnace and accumulated at the furnace’s base.
This is an absolute catastrophe for the area,
a devastating blow inflicted by a bunch of Muppet’s in parliament.
The government could find countless billions to bail out the bank’s.
(who are now paying out billions in bonuses)
But choose to mothball the largest blast furnace in Europe
and destroy the lives of thousands of men and their families.
I thought Thatcherism was dead !
I understand that at times it is necessary to cut back the dead wood, to allow new growth to flourish.
But where is the new growth coming from and what form shall it take ?
This is an example of the growth that is happening in my town.
The people who are involved with this complete waste of money say ,
" it is a futuristic symbol of the towns prosperity"
as they go laughing all the way to the bank,
avoiding the dole Queue and the depressed faces of the jobless.
Ironic that the erection of this so called "futuristic symbol" of my town, should coincide
with the sending of Iron making into the past.
R.I.P. IRONOPOLIS 😦