The book launch was a huge success, for the author and for those featured in the book. The author herself prepared a very scrumptious cake shaped like Shrewsbury, which I found to be delicious (I ate a slice of Frankwell).
Also present was a sense of community, a collection of the people of Shrewsbury who are interesting, and to be considered one of them was pretty flattering. I was able to introduce myself to the people of Shrewsbury as The Urban Explorer, and have them take a keen interest based on what was written in the book. Not only that but the launch itself took place at the music hall. It was surreal to be there, since the last time I’d been in that building it was derelict and empty, now fixed up. Take a look at the before/after shots.
Sadly when I first explored this empty building the ground floor was alarmed and so I could only explore the upper levels. Armed with a reputation, I was able to ask for permission to see the remaining secrets- it’s wonderful cellar, and also old jail cells. I’ve waited years for this. There will be a blog soon on http://www.shrewsburyfromwhereyouarenot.blogspot.com/