Final preparations for bonfire and fireworks spectacular
02 Nov 2023

Final preparations are being made for the Shrewsbury Charity and Bonfire Spectacular - featuring live music, fairground rides and, of course, plenty of fireworks.

Thousands of people are expected to descend on the DMOS People West Mid Showground for the annual event, with gates open from 4.30pm on Saturday.

Live music will be provided by Rozalla, who had one of the hits of the 90s with ‘Everybody’s Free’, along with Shrewsbury singer Robbie Jones and The 90s Revival DJ set.

Two fireworks displays will light up the night sky, the first one at 6.15pm intended to be a quieter display suitable for young children, and the second ‘blockbuster’ display taking place at 7.45pm.

Major highlight

Ian Bebbington, CEO of the DMOS People West Mid Showground, said the weather was causing organisers some extra challenges and appealed for people to be patient when entering and exiting the showground on Saturday.

He said: “We are really looking forward to our annual charity bonfire, which is always one of the major highlights of our year.

“However, the amount of rain we have had has inevitably affected parts of the showground, so we are expecting car parking capacity to be limited this year.

“We are asking if people can park in Frankwell or Raven Meadows car parks and take the short walk along the river to the showground to try to ease the number of vehicles coming onto the showground.

“As a thank you, we are offering to refund the £2 car parking charge for those using Frankwell and the £4 charge for those parking in Raven Meadows - we just ask people to show proof of parking at the Main Reception on the showground."

Live music and more

He added: “There will be lots of activities to keep people entertained before the fireworks displays kick off - with fairground rides, refreshments and live music featuring Rozalla, Robbie Jones and The 90s Revival.

“Tickets are still available online and people will be able to pay on the gate but we advise buying online if possible.”

All proceeds will go to the Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society’s Rural Charity which ensures the showground can continue as a vital part of the community, along with allowing the society to make donations throughout the year to various groups and organisations.

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