IRON production in three blast furnaces at Scunthorpe’s Tata Steel works has resumed for the first time since September 2011.

The relighting of the mothballed 75-year-old Queen Bess furnace has been applauded by union leaders as the town’s 4,000 steelworkers continue their efforts to get the business in profit by March 31.

Sean Scorer, chairman of the works multi-union committee, said: “We welcome the relighting of Queen Bess. “This decision allows the next phase of planning to commence in readiness for the Queen Anne reline.

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