It’s day two of the Shropshire Star’s Twitter Week, and today Andy Richardson looks at the county’s most prolific tweeters, and those who are most worth following.
There’s a small band of people who no Shropshire tweeter can afford not to follow. They are the people who deliver the news, form opinion and tell us what’s happening – sometimes before it’s even happened.
They’re also funny, witty, wry, real: they talk about the sort of lives that you and I, dear reader, live day in and day out. It would be impossible to draw up a definitive list of every single Shropshire person who everyone ought to follow.
We’d have to stage some form of Twitter election which would take forever and cost a fortune – the two things that Twitter aims to avoid doing.
So, in no particular order of importance, we bring you a selection of Shropshire’s finest tweeters, with reasons why you should follow them, with their approximate number of followers:
@actonscottmuse (800) – The Twitter account for Acton Scott Historic Working Museum.
@alipinknails (700) – Popular local volunteer, involved in running and voluntary work.
@AlisonBukhari (1,900) – A Shrewsbury linchpin involved in hill walking, theatre, coffee houses and plenty more besides.
@arcadeparadeUK (100) – Youthful indie band who won Shropshire’s Next Big Thing.
@ashroplad (1,000) – For Shropshire arts and photography.
@benjiw (1,700) – Book club leader, youth group leader and parish councillor in Telford.
@bestofoswestry (2,700) The Twitter account for John Waine, a man who is passionate about Oswestry and is involved in many of the town’s community events.
@beingboycie (12,000) – Shropshire actor John Challis, AKA Boycie, from Only Fools And Horses.
@brockhallfarm (2,000) – Award-winning Bridgnorth goat’s cheese-maker.
@BryonyJCarter (600) – A Shropshire Wildlife Trust worker with a degree in ecology and conservation who is passionate about the county’s countryside and providing people with access to nature.
@caradoca (200) – History specialist who also tweets from @Flax_Maltings, @stlaurencesvp and @joannalayton.
@christopherchew (800) – Part of the Shrewsbury Flower Show team, described by friends as a wise and funny man.
@clairedowdall (1,700) – A social-media and marketing expert who knows what she’s tweeting about. Also a running widow and mom.
@communitiescan (800) – A community development company helping Shropshire’s voluntary sector.
@courtlady (500) – community-minded and indefatigable brass band leader in Ironbridge.
@dawnuptheroad (1,400) – An award-nominated tweeter offering an alternative and uncensored view on life.
@elitheddc (900) – A dyslexic campaigner passionate about raising awareness about dyslexic. The sponsor and organiser of Dyslexia Information Day.
@hiveshrewsbury (1,600) – A community arts venue that provides outreach to young people in the community.
@hoptonhousebnb (7,000) – Twitter queen of the B&B industry, and one of the first to start bringing the Shropshire Twitter community together.
@janminihane (3,000) – Shropshire social media expert.
@jimallthetime (5,000) – Jim Hawkins, BBC Radio Shropshire broadcaster, writer and event host.
@jkertland (100) – A man described by others as the world’s coolest man. He is a teacher, trainer, DJ, record label owner and music archivist.
@keithbarrow21 (800) – Shropshire Council’s leader and its most candid politician.
@kit2kat (1,700) – Dorrington resident and community activist.
@LaBecasseLudlow (2,800) – Shropshire’s celebrity chef Will Holland.
@lauherbs (300) – Graduate and apprentice manager for Shropshire Council.
@likeaword (1,700) – Social media expert involved in not-for-profit companies.
@loveturtledoves (1,700) – quintessentially Shropshire tweeter, who combines recycling, charity and Great British design.
@marcusbeanchef (3,900) – Celebrity chef and owner of the New Inn, at Baschurch.
@markberry (1,000) – A director at AFC Telford Utd and go-getting community innovator.
@maryking009 (100) – A heritage expert and architect who is also a part-time conservation officer involved in Shropshire’s parks, gardens and country houses.
@meandwheels (200) – Campaigner who focuses on helping people with disabilities to reach their potential. Runs a number of organisations involved in doing that, including wave-length.
@mrsnickyclark(7,500) – Shropshire-based campaigner for Ambitious about Autism.
@penval (700) – A social media expert, volunteer and sometime pantomime dame.
@portlightsmusic (20,000) – Indie band who were runners-up in the Shrophire Star’s Next Big Thing Contest.
@Pricesthebakers (1,500) – Shropshire’s influential ‘real bread’ baker Peter Cook.
@Rachelonthehill (400) – Ludlow Assembly Rooms director, arts and culture buff and knitting enthusiast.
@roybroad (900) – A Shropshire PR consultant who links numerous business together, making him quietly significant to Shropshire business.
@saltsolutionsuk (2,500) – A wise woman, business advisor and life coach.
@severnhospice (2,800) – The county’s hospice, which puts life into days.
@shrewsburyark (200) – A direct access day centre for the most vulnerable residents of Shrewsbury, offering them advice and support.
@shrewsburyfolk (3,700) – The country’s annual folk festival, which attracts around 6,000 people to Shropshire each year. Exclusive news and announcements are made from their Twitter account.
@shrewsfoodfest (300) – The county’s newest festival, showcasing artisan food and producers from around Shropshire. Due to launch at Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park on June 29 and 30 next year.
@ShropsArchitect (4,400) – Award-winning Shropshire architect Matthew Franklin, who is also a self builder, blogger, musician and dad.
@sistf_tweets (3,500) – Shrewsbury International Street Theatre Festival is the county’s biggest free-to-attend event, bringing 30,00 people to the streets of Shrewsbury each summer.
@telfordchaplain (400) – as the Bible put it, the salt of the earth
@telfordlive (2,600) – Providing a guide to what’s on in and around Telford.
@timb30 (800) – The Twitter account for Tim Beech, BBC Shropshire’s managing editor.
@timkingshrops (1,300) – The county’s tourist boss who shone the spotlight on Much Wenlock during Olympic year and is responsible for spreading the good word about Shropshire to an audience in the millions.
@timpage001 (1,200) – school governor, family man, people like Tim are the backbone of Shropshire.
Essentail emergency tweeters
West Mercia Police: @wmerciapolice
Shropshire Air Ambulance: @AirOneHeli
Shropshire Council: @ShropCouncil
Telford & Wrekin Council: @TelfordWrekin
Shropshire Star tweeters
@ShropshireStar – The main account for the Shropshire Star, with news on the whole of the county
@KHarrison_Star – A behind-the-scenes look at the Star, from editor Keith Harrison
@CarlJones1 – The Star’s assistant editor, film critic and 007 superfan Carl Jones
@AndyRichardson1 – Writer, photographer and the journalist responsible for this list
@BurrowsAbout – Assistant news editor Dave Burrows is king of the one-liner and Shropshire’s funniest columnist
@ChrisBurn1987 – Chief reporter for the Shrewsbury edition of the Star with the latest news from the town
@AnnClarkson – Chief reporter for the Star’s Telford edition, gym coach and swimming official
@ChrissySymmons – Reporter in our Oswestry office who also covers local bands for The Ticket
@JamesGarrison5 – Sports writer for the Star, who covers (and tweets from) Shrewsbury Town matches home and away
@ThomKennedy – The Star’s business editor tweeting the latest news from Shropshire companies
See the full list at: https://twitter.com/ShropshireStar/shropshire-star-staff/
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