PENS AND NEEDLES
BRIDGE OVER THE RIVER SEVERN
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Bridge Over The River Severn
You don’t need a passport to visit Ironbridge Gorge, but to make the most of your visit it’s a good idea to get one.
https://www.ironbridge.org.uk With a year’s unlimited visits to ten museums and places of interest, our week’s holiday was not enough to do everything. We also took time to wander around Ironbridge town and along the River Severn; the industrial heritage contrasts with the way leafy nature has taken back the gorge, but the bridge built in 1779 still stands firm. In 1986, Ironbridge became part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site (which covers the wider Ironbridge Gorge area) and has become a major tourist attraction in Shropshire.
The cooling towers belong to the recently decommissioned power station and are scheduled for demolition, which seems wrong as they are also part of the industrial heritage and part of the scenery.
Blists Hill Victorian Town never was a town, but the canal, brick works and mine are real and buildings such as the squatter’s cottage built by a miner, have been moved from nearby. Volunteers dress up and act out their roles; chat to them and find out about their lives. Whether you like horses, steam engines, fairgrounds or old shops, you will have a good day.
A FEW MEMORIES FROM THE NEW FOREST SHOW
When I was in junior school and pony mad, but ponyless, our neighbour asked me and my friend if we would like to lead the ponies round the ring at the county show. We were very excited, but when we got there it turned out not only would we not get to ride a pony, we wouldn’t even get to hold a halter. I walked round the ring carrying a wooden pole with a sign saying New Forest Ponies.
I never did get a horse, but I was still excited to be going to the New Forest Show. Tents, flowers, more tents, show rings, cows and sheep and most of all horses of all types and sizes. The weather was perfect.
Congratulations to Katie from Boscombe Camera Club who one first prize with Bill and Patch in the 3D art section.
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