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Michael Palin Praises Shrewsbury London Train Service

Michael Palin and Howard Astbury of the Lion Hotel Shrewsbury (with Local MP Lembit Opik on the phone!)

Michael Palin and Howard Astbury of the Lion Hotel Shrewsbury (with Local MP Lembit Opik on the phone!)

During yesterdays successful launch of Shrewsbury based Wrexham and Shropshire Railways’ new rolling stock, at Marylebone station London, local hotelier, Howard Astbury of the Lion Hotel, Wyle Cop (pictured with Michael Palin), was praised for his support in helping promote the service from Shrewsbury to London.

Howard explained the historic links of the hotel with the rail service, being the first place to launch the service over 200 years ago with its ‘Shrewsbury Wonder’ London bound coach and  horses service from the hotel to London – back then achieving the 158 miles in just 16 hours!) Howard explained how the new swift Wrexham Shropshire Rail service, at just over 3 hours, is not only a vast improvement (!) but is proving very popular with his guests, helped by the Lions 2 nights stay break including the rail trip from London for two, for just £99 each! “It’s a wonderful link, and I have nothing but praise for the service Wrexham and Shropshire are providing – I travel with them whenever I can!” commented Michael.

Howard who is also a director of the Shrewsbury Tourism commented “Since I bought the Lion 3 years ago, we have found all sorts of history whilst updating the decor and facilities, and the links with the London route are just one of the many stories we have. It is a fantastic opportunity for the businesses of Shrewsbury and the region to benefit from this new service, and welcome business and pleasure visitors from London to our region – we have seen a real upturn in bookings utilising the train and our offer”

Appeal For History: Howard is putting together a book on the history of the Lion and Shrewsbury over the Centuries – can you help? Do you have any information of what happened at the Lion over the centuries since it was founded as a coaching inn during the 1600’s, and more recently since the 1920’s as the most recent 100 years seem to be low on information?  If you can email us a E-T-M HERE wiht any information or documents, or contact the Lion direct, you may win a meal for 2!
49-50 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, SY1 1XJ Tel: 0870 609 6167

Read the latest Lion Hotel E-T-M Review HERE

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