Photochallenge #1: a postcard from Kidderminster

I suppose this blog is aptly named for this weeks post because I am joining in the #weeklyblogclub photochallenge this week as set by Kate Bentham

The first challenge is a sense of the place you live, for which I have chosen this picture:

Sir Rowland Hill

Statue of Sir Rowland Hill outside Kidderminster Town Hall

There are many images I could have chosen, for example something to do with the carpet industry, for which Kidderminster is noted for, The Severn Valley Railway, our steam heritage line, Or the canal and river network. But I decided on a picture of Sir Rowland Hill. Born in Blackwell Street Kidderminster in 1795, Sir Rowland Hill’s greatest achievement is the introduction of the postal system, and in particular The Penny Black. Over the centuries, the postal system has been the backbone of communication, keeping people in touch wherever they may be in the world, but it is true to say that with the introduction of the digital era, this is sadly no longer the case as letters are replaced by emails, texts and chat applications. Many people now use new social media such as Twitter and Facebook to keep in touch -myself included- and it is true to say the immediacy has many advantages, but it is sad to see the art of letter writing being relegated to birthday and Christmas cards with a hastily scribbled note tucked inside.

Kidderminster however is proud of Sir Rowland Hill’s forward thinking, – we may not have got a golden postbox this summer here in Kidderminster but we have the honour of being the birthplace of the man who started it all.

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About carolwoolley

I’m a Mum with passion for reading, astronomy and music. I sing 2nd Alto in the Kidderminster Valentines female voice choir and play the clarinet and flute in the Bewdley Concert Band. By profession I am a Chartered Librarian, qualified trainer and currently a Deputy Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages. Follow me on twitter @woolleybear64 https://withavoiceofsinging.wordpress.com/
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