LETTER:Music of the mills

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From Mr Don Alexander

Sir: Jonathan Foster mentions the demise of Brown Bayley's steelworks and its replacement by the Don Valley Stadium (article on the Rolling Stones concert, 10 July). Your readers may be interested to know that steel is still made by the Don: a record 2.5 million tons will be produced this year in the 20 or so miles between Stocksbridge, Sheffield and Aldwarke, Rotherham. Sheffield steels are all special, for industries such as aerospace, and are equal in value to the rest of British production put together.

One firm, Sheffield Forgemasters, is extending its melting shops not half a mile from the stadium, to meet demand from markets such as Germany and Japan.

Yours sincerely,

Don Alexander