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Summer Season Announced for Quarry Bandstand

A summer season of music events is starting to take shape for Shrewsbury's Quarry bandstand.

A number of free events are now confirmed for the months of May, June and July.

Kicking off the season is Sometime Wonder Amplified Acoustic on May 1, from 3pm until 5.30pm.

Then, on May 8, Shrewsbury Concert Band will be entertaining audiences from 2.30pm until 4.30pm followed by City of Chester Band on May 22 from 1pm until 3pm.

Bringing the programme into June is Sabrina Brass on June 4, from 1pm until 3pm.

Heron Stands Tall in Shrewsbury's Quarry

A decorative heron, made entirely from steel, is now standing proud in Shrewsbury's Quarry.

The 8ft sculpture was commissioned by the town's In Bloom committee in a bid to be crowned the best in the region in the 2011 Heart of England competition.

The artwork, which cost £850, has been installed on a special plinth in the Dingle gardens.

It was created by Marche Studios, based in Ford, who specialise in art and sculpture crafted from steel.

Market Hall Open as Usual Over Easter Bank Holiday Period

Shrewsbury's indoor Market Hall will be open as usual over the two Friday Bank Holidays this Easter.

Normal opening hours for the building apply on Good Friday and April 29 - the day of the Royal wedding - from 9am until 4pm.

The majority of stalls, including; W D Butchers, Digitor Creative Studio, Barkworths Seafoods, Mirage meze, Cook and Carve, White Rabbit Books and Records, John Bliss Ltd and Pengwern Books will be open.

The Market Buffet, More Books and The Icing Tip will be closed.

Deadline for Mayor's Awards Extended

Shrewsbury businesses, organisations and residents are being granted an extended deadline to get their nominations in for this year's Mayor of Shrewsbury Awards.

The original closing date was 5pm on March 31 but officials have now agreed to accept any applications made before 5pm on April 15.

Applications are invited in a variety of categories and are open to anyone whose achievements have benefitted the town of Shrewsbury.

All Hail to the Ale

A new stall selling a range of ales from across the region has opened at Shrewsbury Market Hall.

Beer Matts is the latest venture by Mathew Davies who also runs Real Ale Direct, a company specialising in real ale, wholesaler and outside bars.

 Beer Matt's opened on March 3 and specialises in regional bottled beers from Shropshire, North Wales and Cheshire.

Celtic fruit wine and Penderyn Whiskey is also available, as well as a selection of gift sets and Polypin barrels to order.

Gwynt y Ddraig cider is now also available for a limited time over the summer.

Twinned Towns Remember Second World War

Representatives from Shrewsbury will be visiting the town's foreign counterpart in remembrance of the Second World War.

A party of local dignitaries, including the Deputy Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Tony Durnell, will visit Shrewsbury's twinned town of Zutphen, in the Netherlands, on May 1.

As part of the visit, the Deputy Mayor will attend a public Remembrance ceremony on May 4 when he will lay a wreath on the Zutphen War Monument on behalf of the citizens of Shrewsbury.

The Circus comes to Town!

The circus comes to town next month and stops off at Shrewsbury's main recreational park, the Quarry.

Zippos Circus Phoenix, featuring world class performers from around the world, will be entertaining the crowds from May 5 to 10.

Audiences can expect a mix of colour, fun and fantasy on a magical adventure which will see them journey to lands afar.

First stop is Kenya for the awe inspiring acrobatics of the Zulu Warriors and their non-stop limbo and hoop diving spectacle.

Traders Raise Funds for Comic Relief

Traders at Shrewsbury's indoor Market Hall have raised almost £300 for Comic Relief.

The market joined thousands of other organisations, businesses and individuals 'doing something funny for money' on March 18.

A whole host of fundraising activities took place, including the sale of specially made Red Nose Day gingerbread men from bakers TO Williams and a market-wide 'round up to a pound' campaign.

There was also a special book and pictures clearance sale at the Market Book Stall, 50 per cent of each sale going to Comic Relief.

Market Traders Call it a Day After 45 Years

A husband and wife team who have been trading at Shrewsbury Market Hall for more than four decades have packed up their stall for the final time.

Hira and Veena Midda, who own Midda Hoisery, called it a day on Wednesday [March 30] after 45 years in order to enjoy their twilight years.

 Fellow traders marked the occasion by holding a farewell party for the couple and presented them with gardening vouchers to help kick-start their retirement.

Mr Midda said: "We would like to thank our customers for their on-going support over the last 45 years."

Where for Art Thou?

Budding young artists from a Shrewsbury school swapped the blackboard for the easel when they visited Shrewsbury Market Hall last month.

Year One pupils from Woodfield Infant School, Copthorne, visited the Market Hall Art Gallery on March 22.

The trip came ahead of an exhibition of the children's artwork, which goes on show at the Market Hall Art Gallery from April 1 to 14, showcasing a collection of pieces from the school's River Severn project.

The children also had a chance to look around the Market Hall and meet some of the traders.