SSI families enjoy free karting fun day in Teesside ahead of Christmas


A family fun day to give steelworkers’ kids a pre-Christmas boost went off with a bang.

Jenny Williams, whose husband Stephen worked at plant for 16 years, set up the fun day at Teesside Karting in South Bank. She wanted to give the families of those affected by the SSI closure a treat and so organized a karting day for up to 200 youngsters.

Jenny’s husband Stephen lost his job as a shift electrician when SSI UK folded, having worked at the plant for 16 years. Stephen has since landed a new job, but Jenny still wanted to give kids a fun day out, offering free tickets and laying on food for the youngsters.


The mum-of-two said:

“It went even better than I thought it was going to. We had around 150 kids down here, it was a brilliant day. A lot of the lads said it was nice for them to catch up. It’s been a few months now, some have got new jobs, some haven’t, but it’s good for people to be back together at this time of year.”

“Christmas really brings things into focus, but having all the businesses help out with this really shows the community spirit on Teesside.”

Each family who went along received a tombola prize, and enjoyed entertainment from clowns, face-painters, a 14-year-old girl from Redcar who put on magic tricks, and even a birds of prey display.