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The Flower Show must go on! Day two of Shrewsbury festival continues after hoax bomb threat

The second day of the Shrewsbury Flower Show was in full swing on Saturday after a dramatic end to Friday's festivities when a hoax bomb threat brought celebrations to an abrupt end.

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Chairman Maelor Owen

Police worked through the night on Friday to secure The Quarry park after a hoax call saw thousands evacuated and the evening's celebrations cancelled.

The show's chairman, Maelor Owen, said that until 6.30pm on Friday, the day had been going almost entirely to plan.

He said: "Yesterday was absolutely brilliant. A lovely day. We had really good attendance. The attendees really enjoyed the show. Some of the traders said it was the best show they've had for a long, long while.

Shrewsbury Flower Show on Saturday

"And everything was going well until the first incident when we suddenly had no water. We contacted Severn Trent and they came and found that three stopcocks had been closed off.

"They sorted that out and the water was flowing and we thought 'That's the problem for the day' and that would be it. But then we end up with the police contact at half six to say that they had information that there were two suspect packages in the showground.

"We took their advice and obviously the safety of everybody is far more important than putting in the show on, so we evacuated the ground of the spectators.

Evelyn Lees, 6 admiring a giant marrow
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