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It's a Wrap for Portas Bid

Shrewsbury is bidding for a slice of a £1 million pot which aims to breathe new life into Britain's high streets.

Work on the bid, which includes a video submission, to win the support of retail guru Mary Portas, wrapped up yesterday. [THURS]

If successful it could see the town receive a cash injection as a 'Portas Pilot' town.

Twelve struggling towns and cities will be chosen to share £1 million and gain support from the Department of Communities and Local Government.

Last Chance to Enter Olympics Competition

Young people across the central area of Shropshire have just a few days remaining to enter a special poster competition to help celebrate the passing of the Olympic Torch through Shrewsbury.

Shrewsbury Town Council is inviting school children of all ages to design a poster based on the theme 'what you love about Shrewsbury.'

The posters will be used to line the torch route when it passes through the town on May 30.

The Mayor and Deputy Mayor will also choose the top 30 posters which will feature in a special Countdown to the Olympics throughout the month of May.

Quarry Bosses Delighted with Jessie J Sales

Quarry bosses say they are 'delighted' with ticket sales for pop superstar Jessie J's summer concert.

More than 8,000 tickets have been sold since they went on sale on Monday morning.

The chart-topping singer - a judge on BBC1 talent show The Voice - is expected to play to a sell-out crowd of 10,000 at the Quarry, which is managed by the Town Council, on July 6.

Residents Encouraged to Attend Meeting

Members of the public are being encouraged to turn out to a special meeting to hear plans for a multi-million pound overhaul of Shrewsbury's Riverside shopping centre.

Representatives from Shearer Property Group will make a presentation to Shrewsbury Town Council planning committee on March 20.

The proposed plans, if approved, would see the existing Riverside Shopping Centre bulldozed and rebuilt with links created to the Darwin and Pride Hill centres.

Love Shines a Light at Market Hall

Love will shine a light at Shrewsbury Market Hall today [TUES] as part of a special Valentine's Day celebration.

Digital media artist, Andy McKeown, will be projecting a series of love-themed animations onto the Market Hall clocktower from 6pm until 11pm this evening.

The visual attraction has been organised to coincide with Valentine's Day and also marks the completion of the refurbishment of the market clocktower.

Card Design Earns School Blooming Great Prize

Budding young gardeners at a Shrewsbury school were presented with a special prize after coming first in a horticultural-themed competition.

Pupils at the Wilfred Owen School, based at Monkmoor, designed a Christmas card that was deemed pick of the crop by Shrewsbury in Bloom which ran the competition as part of its Get Schools Blooming education programme.

Chairman of Shrewsbury in Bloom, Councillor Jackie Brennand, visited Wilfred Owen last Friday [FEB 10] to present pupils with their prize - a floral planter - and a certificate.

Iconic Clock Shines Bright Once Again

The iconic clock above Shrewsbury Market Hall is shining bright once again after being given some tender loving care as part of overall maintenance works to the building.

The final stages of the refurbishment process were able to be completed following the removal of scaffolding surrounding the clock tower.

The structure had been put in place to allow essential maintenance work to the building to be a carried out.

Its presence provided the perfect opportunity to repair the clock face and improve the illumination.

Shrewsbury Butcher is Cut Above the Competition

A Shrewsbury butcher based within the town's Market Hall has been awarded the top rating by food hygiene inspectors.

WD Butchers received five-stars, the highest level possible, following a food hygiene inspection by Shropshire Council.

The food hygiene rating scheme is a national initiative designed to help customers make informed choices about where they buy and eat food.

Shropshire Council rolled out the scheme, which provides customers with at-a-glance information about hygiene standards in food businesses, in June 2010.

Shrewsbury Market Hall Scoops Top Award

Staff and traders at Shrewsbury Market Hall are celebrating after scooping a top award from the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).

The indoor shopping venue, which currently has a waiting list of more than 60, has been pegged as the local council Best Market by the organisation.

The Market Hall was also shortlisted in the category for Best UK Indoor Market overall, following hot-on-the-heels of Blackburn and Bury.

Have a Ball to Raise Funds for Charity

Members of the public are invited to attend the Mayor and Mayoress of Shrewsbury's Charity Spring Ball.

The black tie event takes place at the Albright Hussey Manor Hotel, in Shrewsbury, on March 24 at 7.30pm for 8pm start. Carriages at 1am.

Tickets are priced at £37.50 each which includes an arrival drink, three-course meal and dancing.

Chains of Office may be worn.

All proceeds will go towards the Mayor's charity fund, Small Grants for Small Groups.