Magna chief executive to don dancing shoes

8 July 2014

Magna chief executive John Silker will be swapping his work shoes for dancing shoes when he takes part in a charity fundraiser later this month.

Children’s charity SAFE@LAST is hosting the event ‘Not So Strictly Come Dancing’ based on the popular BBC One programme, where couples will attempt the Argentinian Tango and the Cha Cha.

John, who has been training for ten weeks, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for Magna to help out a really worthwhile cause. And I am so pleased that they are holding the event here.

“It also means that I can get out my old dancing shoes and attempt the Argentinian Tango and the Cha Cha. I might have two left feet, but that won’t stop me getting involved to raise money for this excellent charity.”

SAFE@LAST is a South Yorkshire based charity working with, and on behalf of, children and young people at risk through running away. The charity offers a range of services, including a 24-hour helpline, web chat and text service, support for the young people and their families, and is the only children’s refuge in the UK.

More than 600 people are expected to attend the fundraiser which will take place on Saturday 19 July at Magna Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham. Tickets to the event cost £30 and include a glass of Pimms and a two-course supper.

In the next few months Magna will also play host to an exhibition by an industrial tool distributor; a pool tournament; a job’s fair; Weston Park Hospital’s annual charity dinner, which will be attended by about 800 people; a tattoo convention and a Halloween dance festival.

“Magna is such a diverse and accommodating venue. We have such a wide variety of different events hosted here. We can cater for anything from a fundraiser to a massive business convention,” said John.

Magna, which is housed in the former Templeborough steel works, has space that can be hired to cater for between 30 and 3,000 people.

As well as being a corporate venue, Magna is also an award-winning visitor attraction with more than 100 hands-on exhibits designed to explore the four elements of air, water, earth and fire, and it hosts regular school trips.

Notes to editor

This will be the sixth time that the charity has hosted the event. For more information or to book your ticket, go to or phone 01909 566 977.

Attached photograph shows John Silker outside Magna.

For more information about Magna go to

Magna is housed in the giant former Templeborough steel works, which opened in 1916 and at its height employed 10,000 people. It shut in 1993 and was mothballed until its conversion to Magna in 2001. At one time the steelworks, which were a mile long, were said to be Europe’s largest. There were 14 open-hearth furnaces and 14 chimneys, which were replaced in the 1960s with electric arc furnaces. One of the arc furnaces is now a giant pyrotechnic display in the visitor centre called the Big Melt. The steelworks, which became known as Steelos, after the owners Steel, Peech and Tozer, produced up to 18 million tonnes of steel a year. Regular steel tours telling the story of Magna are led by former steel workers.

Additional media contact: Joshua Nutt on 01226 766900 or 07517 073057 or at

View current news