Everyone feeling smiles better as festival fun returns to Shrewsbury

With the recent glorious weather and lockdown rules being eased it might make you want to dance.

Silver Lotus Tribal put on a colourful show of dancing as part of the Mile of Smiles event held in Shrewsbury
Silver Lotus Tribal put on a colourful show of dancing as part of the Mile of Smiles event held in Shrewsbury

A riot of colour and music lifted the spirits of everyone in Shrewsbury as part of a special Mile of Smiles event. From the castle through to The Quarry scores of artists entertained shoppers and visitors at the weekend.

In total about 300 performers were part of the event, which was funded through a grant from the Cultural Recovery Fund, Shrewsbury BID and Invest in Shropshire, and was also raising money for Shropshire charity Climbing Out.

It was all organised by Shropshire Festivals. Owner Beth Heath said: “We were thrilled to put an event on after months of restrictions, and to give performers a chance to showcase their talents.”

Brass Quartet 'The Brass Buttons' perform
Silver Lotus Tribal perform
SHREW COPYRIGHT SHROPSHIRE STAR STEVE LEATH 25/07/2021..Pic in Shrewsbury Town Centre, where as part of the 'Miles of Smiles' event, there were various cultural events happening around the town. Here next to St Alkmunds Church, Silver Lotus Tribal perform from Ironbridge and surroundings..

The free event included bands, dancers, drama groups, street performers and entertainers.

Beth said there had been a "storming turn out", with thousands of people taking time to enjoy the performances throughout Sunday.

They took place at a series of venues across the town, including Shrewsbury Castle, St Alkmunds, Darwin's Gate, The Parade, and the Quarry.

SHREW COPYRIGHT SHROPSHIRE STAR STEVE LEATH 25/07/2021..Pic in Shrewsbury Town Centre, where as part of the 'Miles of Smiles' event, there were various cultural events happening around the town. Here in the Square, The Ironmen and Severn Gildres perform..
The Ironmen and Severn Gilders perform
Dan Aberley of The Ironmen

Beth said: "It has been brilliant, such a nice vibe with lots of smiles and that is why we have done it.

"There have been people picnicking and just relaxing in the Quarry, we've had bubble artists doing things all day, people on stilts, music, lots of drama, there have been dancers in the town square, across the town centre and in the Quarry.

"We have had amazing feedback from people coming along."

Brass Quartet 'The Brass Buttons' perform
Brass Quartet 'The Brass Buttons' perform
The Ironmen and Severn Gilders perform

In total around 300 performers were part of the event, which was funded through a grant from the Cultural Recovery Fund, Shrewsbury BID and Invest in Shropshire, and was also raising money for Shropshire Charity Climbing Out.

Beth added that it had been great to get back out and put on an event for the public.

She said: "It has been absolutely brilliant. I have my team back in the Quarry, in the sunshine, putting on events, it is what we live for."

Brass Quartet 'The Brass Buttons' perform
Silver Lotus Tribal perform
Brass Quartet 'The Brass Buttons' perform

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