WHETHER it is Wembley Stadium's magnificent arc, the impressive Shard in London or Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge, you have probably been to or seen something built by Cleveland Bridge.

From its early beginnings in 1877 to its modern 21st century projects, the company’s vast headquarters on Yarm Road has been a symbol of engineering excellence for generations. They have been a cornerstone of the British steel industry for more than 150 years with a global reputation. It is unthinkable to imagine life without it.

We urgently call on those responsible to secure a rescue deal that not only saves the 230 workers in Darlington, but doesn't impact the hundreds of firms in the supply chain which otherwise could face catastrophic consequences.

As we've already said in these pages, the region’s industrial history is packed with the names of famous firms that helped to build empires; open up new worlds and spread the industrial revolution.

Cleveland Bridge is one of only a handful that has survived – for now. We hope we can continue saying that in the months and years ahead.

The early optimism of a rescue deal is encouraging, but it must turn into reality.