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Kathleen tells us why she's proud to be a Woman of Steel

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Kathleen May with her Women of Steel medal which was specially struck by the Sheffield Assay Office

Sixerland heroine's wartime service honoured at last

Modest heroine Kathleen May was overwhelmed the day 2,000 people crowded into Barker's Pool to finally honour Sheffield's Women of Steel.

The 95-year-old was one of the guests of honour at the unveiling of a statue to officially recognise the service of the women who kept Sheffield's steel mills and factories operating throughout the dark days of World War II.

"Barker's Pool was one mass of people right up to John Lewis. I didn't expect that," said Kathleen, who trained as an upholsterer before being called up to make steel rulers for the forces at Chesterman's Sheffield factory.

Kathleen was also proud to be presented with a commemorative medal by the Lady Mayoress of Sheffield

Read Sixer's interview with Kathleen about her wartime service here.

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