In the years when it became clear that steelmaking on Teesside was coming to an end, Mike Guess decided to record the end of an era as 150 years of industrial history came to a close. After Sahaviriya Steel Industries had rescued the site in 2011, operations finally ceased in October 2015 and steelmaking on Teesside ended. As a member of the engineering team over this crucial period, Mike was able to record the final days of steelmaking on Teesside.
Lavishly illustrated throughout with stunning photography, and compiled with sympathy and affection by somebody with a deep connection to the area, this is a wonderful tribute to an industry and its workforce.
Mike Guess is a born and bred Teessider, joining the British Steel Corporation in 1979 as an electrical apprentice. He developed a passion for local history and photography and his images recording steel in the area have been displayed locally.