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Steel supporters take over market
By Richard Edwards
BBC Tees

Sir Stuart Bell MP at North Ormesby Market
Sir Stuart Bell MP joins traders and shoppers on the campaign

Market traders hosted a "Save our Steel" day at North Ormesby market on Tuesday 20 December.

Snow crunched underfoot as the shoppers picked their way around the market.

Some sported Santa hats, but in most hands or pockets was a campaign leaflet.

This is a community that has cast iron links with Teesside's steel industry - and its members were determined to show their support to the campaign to keep Teesside Cast Products open.

Crowds flocked around the stall, hundreds signed the petition and all seemed united in agreeing that the Redcar plant - where 1,700 jobs will be axed when the steelworks is partially mothballed at the end of January - must stay open.

The Trader - Arthur Moody

"As a trader it's not so much the 1700 jobs that will be lost but the off-spin. This is the most successful market in the North East of England and we depend on these people for our living."

The MP - Sir Stuart Bell

"We have 3 weeks after the holidays and we hope something will happen - maybe a buyer will show up.

"The government will announce the recession is over and steel orders will pick up. We're trying to avoid mothballing and we're trying to achieve the long term future of the steel industry."

The councillor - George Dunning

"We're here to make sure the campaign goes on. We need to keep this high profile.

"North Ormesby market depends on steel workers and if we lose the blast furnace, the market and businesses across the area will be affected."




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