Dudley borough features on Michael Portillo's TV train show

Michael Portillo at the cone

Michael Portillo at the cone

First published in Local

WORDSLEY’S Red House Glass Cone is due to feature on tonight’s episode of Great British Railway Journeys.

The BBC2 TV show follows ex-senior cabinet member and media presenter Michael Portillo as he uses a Victorian guidebook to see how destinations have changed over the years.

The programme, which airs at 6.30pm tonight (Thursday), sees Michael taking in the once popular Dudley to Bridgnorth route.

During his time filming at the glass cone in Camp Hill, which is now a Dudley Council run visitor attraction, Mr Portillo learned about the area’s glassmaking heritage, working conditions in the cone, factories in the area and how glass is made today.

Working with one of the cone’s resident artists Sarah Jones, he also created a contemporary glass beads to take away with him on his journey.

Councillor Tracy Wood, Dudley’s cabinet member for environment and culture said: “This programme sets the scene for the important role this iconic building would have played in our glassmaking history.

“We are thrilled BBC 2 is featuring the cone on the programme and I’m sure it will highlight the significant glass work that takes place there today.”

During his visit to the area last September, Mr Portillo also learned more about its history when he met Stourbridge man Chris Armfield at the town’s supposedly haunted Talbot Hotel.

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