Doreen Wright, wartime steelworker

Doreen Wright and her sister, Barbara
Doreen Wright and her sister, Barbara
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Doreen Wright, who has died at 93, was a wartime steelworker in Sheffield, whose work was eventually recognised by the statue that now stands in Barker’s Pool in the city centre.

Mrs Wright and her twin sister, Barbara, had swapped their office jobs for the steel plants after the hostilities broke out, and she began making parts for jet engines in the Rolls Royce factory in Barnoldswick before moving back to Sheffield in 1944 to work at the Metropolitan Vickers base in Attercliffe.

There, they completed Spitfires, and went sometimes outside to watch as they flew overhead. But the women’s time on the industrial front-line was curtailed, and largely forgotten, when their men returned from the war.

A keen writer in later life, she had a collection of poetry published in an anthology called Rhymes of the Times, in the early 2000s.

Her extended family includes four great-grandchildren.