Star Comment: Do your bit to support farmers


Put yourselves in the shoes of a farmer from Shropshire or Mid Wales over the last 25 years or so. Even if you know nothing at all about farming, you will probably be aware that this has not been a golden age for the agricultural industry.

Star comment: Phone use in cars just has to stop

The Shropshire Star headquarters in Ketley

From the evidence of motorists, more and more of them confess to illegal use of their mobile phone while driving. From the evidence of West Mercia Police figures, fewer and fewer drivers are being hit by fixed penalty notices for using mobile phones.

Phil Gillam: Why I'll always champion Castlefields

The view from the Castle Bridge, looking towards the town centre

Although I was born in Pool Rise in Springfield in Shrewsbury, I was just a little fella when we moved to Castlefields and so I did my “growing up” in dear old North Street, a place of hopes and dreams and Lego and train sets.

Phil Gillam: Keeping railway project on track

Shrewsbury Railway Station

The actress Dinah Sheridan, who played the mother in the classic film, The Railway Children, said years afterwards: “The corsets I wore in The Railway Children are still in my undies drawer, a prized relic of my favourite film.”