Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Changes on the way to Market Drayton

Monday's run up to Market Drayton  contained a few surprises. The visitor moorings at the Anchor pub at High Offley were almost completely deserted for one - including what I thought had become the permanent fixture of the tug "Sol III / Raggerty" (it carries both names) which, loaded down with rooftop "junk" and together with its unmamed "butty" has been moored in exactly the same spot since I first came this way in 2006. (I came across them later at Soudley were they have set up what looks likely to become an equally long-lived home.


The second surprise was the house at Tyrley wharf which for as long as I can remember has sported a Union Flag, a St George's Cross and a large "NO to the EU" on it's balcony overlooking the lock, where it welcomes the large number of German, Dutch etc tourists taking hire boat holidays.
Not only does this mean I can now bring myself to post a picture of the impressive buildings themselves but I no longer feel compelled to whistle "Deutschland, Deutschland Uber Alles" or the "Marseillaise" as I lock through.
After this, the third surprise of the day was a disappointment. The town centre of Market Drayton, already struggling in the face of strangulation by a surrounding posse of out-of-town supermarkets has been dealt a further blow by the closure of the town's branch of  T.O.Williams of Wem 
It may not look much, but it was the town's last remaining independent food retailler - and what town can afford to lose a Bread, Patisserie and Cheese specialist! Apart from the Wednesday market (which I hope still thrives) there now appears, sadly, very little point in stopping at Market Drayton for shopping.

4 comments:

Captain Ahab said...

Jim
I think that the centre of Market Drayton is a tragedy.

Jim said...

Andy,
Yes, I agree but at least the locals still have some good pubs to drown their sorrows!

Jim said...

Andy,
Yes, I agree but at least the locals still have some good pubs to drown their sorrows!

Carol said...

We lived at Tern Hill for 6 months or so over 35 years ago so Market Drayton was our local shopping centre - we had no car in those days - the town was thriving then - you could get everything you could need - I especially remember the market and pleased to hear that it's still being held there.