Where Town And Country Meet

Shropshire County Show
County Showground
Berwick Road.
May 25th 

 

The Shropshire County Show replaced the West Midland Show after a difficult period both for the show and for the showground. It is Shrewsbury stoicism we have to thank for getting things going again. What an incredible turn around there has been as most weekends throughout the year there is something happening on the County Showground. From one of the biggest folk festivals in England to the bonfire party in November the showground has been fighting back and it would appear, winning admirably.

For the first time since 1989 the showground will be joined to Frankwell with the aid of the old army pontoon bridge that we all probably remember as children. There was something thrilling over that bridge and in that field and as kids we got so excited. I, like many other Salopians have fond memories of the show and it is wonderful to see the recovery albeit under a different name.

So what can be expected over the day? Well you can see the heavy horses, the Farm Animal judging, enjoy the Funfair and see the Tractor Pull. The show will also be inviting the Icelandic horse display team, North Shropshire Hounds and the Young Farmers aim to please with an “It’s a knockout.” And of course there will be the usual bars, beer tents and lots of stalls where you can buy anything from a water pistol to a full size tractor!

So it’s all going on at the Showground. To quote the show's strapline, they are bringing town and country together. If you think about it that is exactly what Shrewsbury stands for. We are a busy county town with modern day technology and progress impacting as it has done in any town, but we also have strong and historical connections with the agricultural industry too. There will be deals made, Bulls judged, sheep and pigs baa’ing and oinking, and the main arena should be buzzing.

Of course we know this is England and being English we know that the weather will always try and spoil our public events. Well it seems whilst we are enduring the coldest Spring since 1979 it may well stay dry. But I think the wise show goer will wear wellies and carry a Mack and if the heavens open we won’t let it bother us!

Owen Lewis

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Owen Lewis was born fifty something years ago in the land of the black puddings. For the geographically challenged that is in Lancashire. Moving to Shropshire From 1970 Owen was brought up in Church Stretton. His first real job was in radio. After starting on BBC Radio Shropshire he became known on Marcher Sound, broadcasting throughout the North West for several years. After a university degree course in Theatre, Owen became an actor and went on to play "Pirate Bill" in The Alton Towers Hotel. He also made several television appearances. Returning to university he took his PGCE enabling him to teach. That saw him on the Essex coast as a drama teacher and latterly as a Creative Educational Liaison Officer making films and creating new teaching methods to employ on children in need of more help in their fundamental learning skills. Published playwright Owen ultimately wants a house boat in Amsterdam to focus on his work as Playwright and Poet.

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