2020 would have been the 133rd year of the famous Shrewsbury Flower Show, one of the longest running of its kind and one that even has its own record in the Guinness Book of Records - but, sadly, the event has had to be cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Chairman of the organisation Andrew Cross issued a statement on its website, saying that the show - which was due to be held on August 14th and 15th - has had to be cancelled in light of guidelines relating to coronavirus to help protect the safety of all those involved.
“As I hope you will appreciate, cancelling an event of this size involves a large amount of administration. The [Shropshire Horticultural Society] will be in touch with all its Members, ticket holders, exhibitors, traders and volunteers in the forthcoming weeks. In the meantime, I would like to thank you all for your patience whilst we sort all the details out,” he said.
You can find out more about the event on the Original Shrewsbury website, which goes into detail about the history of the flower show.
Apparently, it started out life as a Carnation and Gooseberry show in Frankwell, with annual fairs of this kind used to help entice crowds to local areas. These early fairs had a slight tendency to lean towards drunkenness and debauchery and, in fact the first Shrewsbury Show (which dated back to the Middle Ages!) was abolished in 1875 over rowdy behaviour.
The Shropshire Horticultural Society was first set up in 1875 and the first Flower Show held in conjunction with the Agricultural Society Show in the centre of the town.
In terms of entertainment, the first few shows featured the likes of the Band of the Coldstream Guards, Bon Bon the tightrope walker and, in more recent times, Katherine Jenkins and Scouting for Girls.
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