Phil Gillam: Birthday memories that bridge the years

The English Bridge, Shrewsbury

Strawberry tarts from Sidoli’s, a seven-inch vinyl disc of Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (from the Wildings record department), and a Puffin edition of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (from WH Smith when the shop was across the road from the Co-op department store on Castle Gates).

Star comment: Closure of banks is bad news

Lloyds is targeting £1.4 billion in cost savings by the end of next year

The decision by Lloyds to close 200 branches and shed 3,000 jobs is bad news for the local economy. Digitisation has changed the way we live and work and in an era of online transactions, banks no longer need outlets in smaller towns.

Star Comment: Don’t let Pokemon Go craze take your life

A Pokemon spotted on railway tracks

Summer is here. The silly season is upon us. And at times it seems as though we ought to spend more time compiling lists of what not to do – rather than devising ways to amuse ourselves and the tens of thousands of local children who are on holiday from school.