FAKE HERITAGE SKEWERED
Last week Astragal made a visit to Ironbridge in Shropshire, the crucible of the industrial revolution and a World Heritage site. The bridge is an impressive fixture and the gorge - with early industrial homes - is well worth a visit. The town walks the heritage tightrope in a pleasing way; perhaps a little too quaint, but we've certainly seen worse. Astragal was especially pleased to note that the nearest shop to the bridge was a kebab house, with revolving elephant's leg and neon lettering offering doner dinners and fried chicken. There is no attempt to disguise itself as anything else and that's got to be applauded. Astragal reckons this is an example of what EH boss Simon Thurley would refer to as 'heritage moving with the times'. Chilli sauce, anyone?