Children’s TV stars Big Howard and Little Howard have composed an ode to Telford as they prepare to visit the borough this week.
The song sings the praises of ‘the marvellous new town of Telford’ and highlights local tourist attractions including Ironbridge Gorge – and the Shropshire Star.
In the video, which went up on YouTube this week, Little Howard pays a visit to Ironbridge Gorge and dances outside the Shropshire Star offices in Ketley while singing “If you don’t know where you are, read the Telford Star.” (sic)
The song mentions some of the famous people connected with Telford, including Thomas Telford and Carol Decker, the lead singer of 1980s pop group T’Pau.
There are shout outs to local businesses, including Telford Shopping Centre, Wrekin Housing Trust, Telford Motors, Oakengates Theatre, B&Q, Halfords, Boots and Lloyds the chemist.
The song was written by Big Howard, aka Howard Read, as a tie-in to the pair’s autumn tour. He said: “Little Howard had to do some research on Wikipedia.”
Aside from getting the name of the Shropshire Star wrong, they also suggested listening to Telford FM, which closed down at the start of the year, and said Wenlock, the Olympic Games mascot, was from Telford and not Much Wenlock.
Little Howard’s Big Show is at the Oakengates Theatre at 2pm on Saturday.