A rather strange Bridgnorth artefact has been restored to the family whose name it bears. John Kenneth Banks was Bridgnorth town clerk from 1957 before he died at a young age in 1965, and the box in which the town clerk’s wig has been kept since that time is inscribed with his name. When his granddaughter, Lydia Stuart-Banks, followed in her grandfather’s footsteps and qualified as a solicitor, John’s widow Jean was keen to see if she could retain the ownership of the family heirloom for her granddaughter to store her own legal wig in. Jean Banks, who is a well-known town resident and was a local Justice of the Peace for over 20 years, was delighted to be able to make a donation for Bridgnorth Town Council to purchase a replacement wig box and is looking forward to presenting the box to her granddaughter on her wedding day this summer – in memory of the grandfather Lydia never knew.
One of the most picturesque off-road running events in Shropshire is set to make a welcome return on 18 September at Severn Valley Country Park