Iron Bridge all lit up for heritage festival

Shropshire’s world-famous Iron Bridge will be lit up tomorrow night as part of celebrations to mark Ironbridge Gorge’s status as a World Heritage Site.

Getting ready for Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival are Kuldip Sahota, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, and festival organiser Barbara Taylor
Getting ready for Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival are Kuldip Sahota, leader of Telford & Wrekin Council, and festival organiser Barbara Taylor

It will be bathed in colour as fireworks go off to mark the end of the first day of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival, which begins in the town at midday.

The Wharfage will be transformed into a market selling unusual and locally made crafts and food.

The Ironbridge Catering Company will bring an enormous mobile barbecue and serve meats from Buttercoss Farm, in Market Drayton.

Another stallholder will be Beeford Bee Products, together with Shropshire charities and street performers.

People can also take a river cruise on board The Hafren pleasure boat.

Activities will continue throughout the week with a programme of walks and talks running from Saturday until Friday, which aim to lift the lid on some of the Gorge’s secrets.

The walks will include detailed analysis of the Iron Bridge and a trek off the beaten track at Coalbrookdale into areas not usually seen by visitors.

The week will round off with a heritage and craft event at Maws Craft Centre from September 29 until September 30.

Visitors are advised that there is no parking in the Ironbridge Gorge tomorrow and they should use the well signed Park and Ride, at the top of Jiggers Bank that will take them into the heart of the event.