My wife Nicola and I were among the sixty people who came to celebrate the completion of the Shropshire Way Main Route at the Trinity Centre in Shrewsbury. Kate Ashbrook proposed a toast and spoke about the origins of the Shropshire Way the Shropshire Way Chairman talked about the history of the way and the pathway to completion. She also thanked those who had seen it through. Clare Featherstone talked about the partnership between the Shropshire Way Association and the Shropshire Council. I said a few words about my Shropshire Way film, which was to be shown later, and in thanks for the excellent hard work done by all concerned to “get things done” as a certain Boris would say.
Hannah Stevenson from Cicerone showed advanced copies of my Shropshire Way book and took pre-orders. It’s always nice to meet your readers and a certain Graham Leddington approached me asking me to sign copies of my Lakeland to Lindisfarne guidebook and pocket guidebook – he had enjoyed the walk in 1992. He mentioned that he had been part of the Hope House Way Guide project which was produced by my friend Chris Bagshaw with illustrations from another friend Mark Richards. I had in fact got a copy of this and thoroughly enjoyed it so we had both read each other’s books.
I have now completed two books about Shropshire and have fallen in love with the county, which has to be the most beautifully rural of all the English counties.
Kate Ashbrook, Clare Featherstone, myself and the Shropshire Way chairman, Audrey Menhinick