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Local historical Richard Tisdale and his son Hector

Richard and little Hector graced our screens in the Christmas video this year, taking us on a journey through their favourite places in Shrewsbury. Hector stole the show with his natural inquisitiveness, trying raw sprouts at the Market Hall, marvelling at the magical lights, and even trying a sip of dad’s beer when we weren’t looking!

Born in Shrewsbury, Richard grew up in Castlefields until secondary school when his family moved to Bomere Heath. He couldn’t stay away however, and moved back into town as an adult. “I have lived in most parts of town, including Castlefields, Cherry Orchard, Greenfields, and St Michael’s Street opposite the Dolphin pub.”

“After leaving college and still not really knowing what to do, I had many jobs. I’ve worked at Shirehall for Shropshire Council, for the old Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council in the Raven Meadows multi-storey car park when it used to have manned booths. I had a job working for Autoglass and I even worked in the Merchant Navy for a year on an oil tanker travelling around the Atlantic and Mediterranean.”

“Eventually I decided that I wanted to work in journalism and went to university. That was ten years ago and now I am the producer on BBC Radio Shropshire’s breakfast show, having also spent time on Crimewatch Roadshow, The One Show, and Stargazing Live.”

“I started blogging about 18 months ago as I wanted to share stories about Shrewsbury that had long been forgotten and were just sitting waiting to be rediscovered. I started Instagram when the app first came out seven years ago. It is a great way to share pictures of the town and see what others are doing. That is how I met Hector’s wonderful mum.”

Richard and the family love to eat out in the pubs and restaurants of Shrewsbury, “The food is great here and I love the history of course! The town is just getting better and better each year, and everything is in walking distance.”

Christmas in Shrewsbury is also a favourite for Richard, who will be watching the panto at Theatre Severn and heading out for dinner at one of his favourite pubs. “I love the cosy atmosphere in the pubs here when you have just stepped in from the crisp cold outside and you’re handed a mulled wine!”

We hear that every time Hector sees the video he wants to watch it again and again, and the pair have been recognised out and about in Shrewsbury since the video launched. Richard won’t stop here though, “I am also working on a book which will shed some light on what life was like in Victorian Shrewsbury.” Watch this space!

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