Daniel Kawcyznski speaks out in support of folk festival

Shrewsbury and Atcham MP Daniel Kawcyznski has spoken out in praise of the town's annual folk festival and the boost it brings to the local economy.

Mr Kawcyznski visited to the West Mid Showground in Berwick Road where the four day event is held every August Bank Holiday weekend on Tuesday afternoon when a team of volunteers was preparing the site for the festival, which draws around 7,000 people every day.

The MP went to the festival with his daughter Alexa for the first time in 2012 and said he had been "extremely impressed" with the professionalism of the event and the wide range of music, dance, and other activities on offer.

He met volunteers, including 18 year old Shrewsbury student Greg Sterling, and he paid tribute to the organisers and volunteers who make the event possible every year.

Mr Kawcyznski said: "Many people just do not realise what an amazing event they have on their doorstep. I was extremely impressed last year when I came with my daughter about the scale of the festival and how much there was to do.

"Thousands of people travel from across the country, spending their money in and around the town and we have to thank the festival directors and volunteers for making that possible."

Every year, dancers perform at open air venues in the town, and musicians play in local pubs. A free shuttle bus brings people into the town centre on Saturday and Sunday.

Festival director Alan Surtees said: "It is wonderful to get the recognition from someone like our local MP about the important role the festival plays to Shrewsbury and Shropshire. We run a festival that we are very proud of and we are delighted that it supports local businesses and retailers."

For the first time this year, there will be a dance parade through Shrewsbury town centre, starting from the Castle at 1.30pm on Saturday (August 24). There is a free workshop on Friday (August 23) from 2pm to 4pm at the Morris Hall in Bellstone for anyone who wants to join in the inaugural dance parade. It is open to anyone, not just people with festival tickets. It is suitable for families but children must be accompanied by an adult. No booking is required.

There are still a handful of weekend and day tickets available and people can still book online at www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk. Tickets won't be posted out but visitors should bring the email receipt to claim their wristbands.


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