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Corus - Past, Present and Future



Kevin Newbury at home
Kevin Newbury at home with daughter Emily and son Matthew

Kevin Newbury has devoted his entire working life to Teesside's steelmaking industry.

Kevin, from Normanby, told BBC Tees' Richard Edwards he joined British Steel as a teenage apprentice in the 1970s.

From there, the father-of-two has worked his way up to become an electrical craftsman, part of the small army of skilled workers employed in the North East's steel trade.

He said "At first it's noisy and dirty. Then the steel bug bites."

Kevin said the steel industry inspires real loyalty amongst its workers.

It gets into your blood and stays there for life. There's loads who started an apprenticeship and are still there
Kevin Newbury

"It gets into your blood and stays there for life. There's loads of people like me who started an apprenticeship and are still there now they're in their forties and fifties."

Consortium

Kevin remembers when Teesside Cast Products was seen as the future for not only the region's industrial base, but for both national and international steelmaking:

"They were opening a brand new mill, there were plans for a second blast furnace.

"It's hard to believe how good things looked when you see what's happening now.

"The biggest blow before the consortium pulled out was the closure of the plate mill, because it left us with no outlet for the steel. All we make now is slab and no one wants it."

Kevin knows the future is uncertain for him and his family, but says they are trying to keep positive and look at their options for the future.

Job fears

"I don't see many jobs in the locality at the levels of pay I've been on. It could mean having to look outside of Teesside.

"If we had to move, it would be an enormous amount of upheaval and we hope it won't come to that.

"People are moving away all the time, it's detrimental to the area, but a lot already work away, there's not enough jobs in the area and if you take the steel away it looks even bleaker."

There's not enough jobs in the area and if you take the steel away it looks even bleaker.
Kevin Newbury

Looking ahead to Teesside without Corus, Kevin says he fears the worst:

"The hit on the area will be massive, Redcar High Street, is struggling now and that's pre-mothballing. If no one has any money things can only get worse.

"House prices will tumble, nobody will want to move here because there's no work, it's not really worth thinking about, it's awful for a place that is proud of its industry.

"With the things made here, there's bits of Teesside all over the world."




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