A POPULAR Pershore blacksmith has been honoured after celebrating 25 years in business in the town.
Steve Cooper, who runs S.E Cooper Ironworks, was invited to a special ceremony to mark the anniversary in which he met chairman of Wychavon District Council Coun Lynne Duffy.
S.E. Cooper Ironworks is a familiar name in the district and Steve’s work can be found all around Wychavon from the replica whalebones in Workman Gardens in Evesham to gates and railings and more traditional shoes on horses feet.
Mr Cooper started the business in 1989 in a garage at the rear of 13 Bridge Street with the support of his mum and late
grandfather Alec Witts who was a builder.
His first major commission was for James Mackeness who owns Pershore Markets and was asked to make a family crest
which still adorns the market to this day.
Mr Copper said: “25 years has been a blink of an eye and I have, pardon the pun, moved a lot of metal but I couldn’t of achieved
what I have without the support of my customers and people having faith in me to achieve the final job.
“I started my business with nothing and with determination and hard work I reached 25 years although a bit slower these days.
“We have come through some hard times since the recession but I refused to throw in the towel. I love my job and being Pershore’s Blacksmith makes it even more so.”
Coun Duffy added: “It’s inspiring to meet business owners who have been going for so long, especially in such a traditional sector. We wish Steve luck with his business in the future and hope he continues to be successful.”