#backtobusiness: Shrewsbury antiques fair organisers helping showground

Organisers of the first event at the Greenhous West Mid Showground, following the floods which caused thousands of pounds of damage to the pavilion and other buildings, are to donate half of the profits to the repair appeal.

The showground under water
The showground under water

The venue, which hosts Shropshire County Show and Shrewsbury Folk Festival among many other events throughout the year, was been completely overwhelmed with floodwater - with every single building affected.

Members of the Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society, the charity which oversees the showground, launched a Crowdfunding campaign to raise £10,000, only part of the expected clean up bill.

Emma Jones from JOS events said the company was bringing its popular Shrewsbury Flea – Antique & Collectors Fair to the showground on March 21 and 22.

"We have been working alongside the showground staff to make sure that the event goes ahead as smoothly as possible," she said.

"The county has experienced horrendous flooding and, while we have seen the showground underwater in the past it has never been as bad as this time."

"We hold four events a year at the showground with between 80-120 traders from across the UK attending.

"It is very popular event and we wanted to do something to help the showground which is a registered charity. We will be donating 50 per cent of the profits of the weekend to the charity to help with repairing the damage caused by the floods. Anyone coming along to the fair will also be supporting the showground and the future events that will be held there."

"The weather forecast for next week looks promising and so we are looking forward to the showground being back in action by the weekend."

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