Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sunday 10 September - Shrewsbury River Festival and a Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Railway Relic

The weather forecast was not good today. Sunshine and showers. One moment the sun was shining brightly and the next it was raining, occasionally quite heavily.
On our way to lunch at the Armoury we saw some boats, canoes, kayaks racing down the river with people dressed as pirates. Lunch was pretty good as we have come to expect. On the green by the river was a circle of stands of the Shrewsbury River Festival.  The mayoress was there as well as the police and emergency services.  There was a police car with police caps and helmets for the kids to try on and sit in.  A policewoman was handing out stickers for the kids - great community involvement. A few groups were putting together rafts from wooden pallets and large air tight plastic drums.

I took advantage of a dry spell to walk down to Abbey Foregate to search out the remains of the Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Railway Abbey station.  The building is intact, the property of the Shropshire Heritage Trust whie the platform is on one side of a car park. The railway ceased to run a public passenger service in 1933 but was taken over by the army in 1940 and parts of it survived until the 1960s.

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