This week as we start the last half of my term as President in earnest after the casualness of January we will have a visit from Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Iron Bridge in the UK. Let’s have a good roll up and make them welcome. The following is background to Iron Bridge:-
The Ironbridge Gorge is a deep gorge formed by the River Severn in Shropshire, England.
Originally called the Severn Gorge, the gorge now takes its name from its famous Iron Bridge, the first iron bridgeof its kind in the world, and a monument to the industry that began there. The bridge was built in 1779 to link the industrial town of Broseley with the smaller mining town of Madeley and the growing industrial centre ofCoalbrookdale.
There are two reasons the site was so useful to the early industrialists. The raw materials, coal, iron ore,limestone and clay, for the manufacture of iron, tiles and porcelain are exposed or easily mined in the gorge. The deep and wide river allowed easy transport of products to the sea.
All the best Alvan.