As the patron saint of miners is Saint Barbara, it is traditional to give boring/drilling machinery female names. After serious deliberation, the Hinkley Point C judging panel chose three inspired by some of the South West’s most influential women – Lyme Regis fossil finder Mary Anning; Bristol-born suffragette Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence; and Spitfire engineer Beatrice Shilling.
A fourth name – that of design engineer Sarah Guppy – was also chosen for the drilling kit that will mine the fish return system tunnel network.
In a lasting tribute, once the tunnels are finished, the TBMs will be stripped down, made environmentally sound and remain buried under the seabed as a time capsule dedicated to the winning schools.
Rebecca Barnes, Head Teacher of Stogursey Primary School, said: “The whole school is thrilled. It has been a wonderful experience for the children to see first-hand what is happening so close to where they live, while also being inspired by role models from the past.”