10 May Coronation Plaques unveiled across the County
Around midday on Sunday, 20 commemorative plaques were unveiled across the county in a symbolic moment to mark the coronation.
The British Ironwork Centre teamed up with the Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, to provide coronation plaques to 20 towns in Shropshire. The plaques, laser cut and inscribed with the name of each town, are made from heavy gauge stainless steel and have been installed on civic buildings.
Many mayors from the towns unveiled their own plaques in unity, at midday on Sunday, May 7.
Clive Knowles of the British Ironwork Centre said: “This hasn’t ever been achieved in Shropshire previously, commemorating a King ascending to the throne all on the same day, at exactly the same time.
“It really does symbolise our unity across the county in marking this moment in history and evidencing our support for our new king.
“No other county in the UK has achieved this same unified historic response. Shropshire is the UK’s most patriotic county!” Previously, Clive said he thought it was important there be something that would live on beyond the weekend’s celebrations, to stand as a civic reminder of the coronation.
Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner praised the hard work of staff at the Ironwork Centre, and said the move would demonstrate the unity of Shropshire.
She explained: “The whole force behind it is to show the monarch that we are as one in Shropshire in a united front of support for the monarch. They’re beautiful plaques that’ll be there forever and a day. They say that in 2023, our towns were there behind him.”
Plaques, which will be proudly displayed on civic buildings in Bishop’s Castle, Bridgnorth, Broseley, Church Stretton, Clun, Ellesmere, Dawley, Ludlow, Madeley, Market Drayton, Much Wenlock, Newport, Oakengates, Oswestry, Shifnal, Shrewsbury, Telford, Wellington, Wem and Whitchurch.