Now that I’ve convinced you all I live in some sort of scummy drug-filled ghetto where the lowest of the low choose to take root and reproduce, I would like to point out that it’s not all bad.
Telford — named after Thomas Telford the famous civil engineer — is home to the The Iron Bridge, the first bridge of its size in the world to be made of cast iron. Telford (the town) played a key part in the Industrial Revolution and as such boasts a large collection of historic sites including Blists Hill Victorian Town and the Jackfield Tile Museum.
Telford was created by merging several smaller towns to form a “new town” (a planned community). In its centre, there’s a large shopping centre: Telford Shopping Centre. Although the Town Centre is a popular congregation point for groups of chavs, there’s a large variety of shops and convenient amenities… particularly useful during the festive season when you’ve left your shopping until the last minute. :X
There are many beautiful spots in Telford, where wildlife and greenery is encouraged to flourish. Unfortunately these are becoming rarer as the community is added to over and over, with commercial development and new housing creeping over the town like a bad rash. I hope as the weather warms I’ll be able to get out with my camera and take some local pictures of the nicer areas.
Some parts of Telford have an amazing community spirit, where people pull together and achieve wonders for their local area.
I quite like living in Telford and don’t intend to move away any time soon. So there you have it. Even Telford has a silver lining! :)
Despite forcing myself to write an entry on some of the positives of Telford — of which there are plenty if you look in the right places — I felt somewhat proved right by my original post this afternoon. I was sat in the town centre waiting for my bus when no more than a metre away, a middle-aged man pulled out a cigarette paper and started rolling a joint. Despite the area being both non-smoking, and packed with kids, the nearest bus shelter employee looked at him, gave a jolly laugh and walked away. :|