Countdown to Shrewsbury's Carols In The Square sing-along
Shrewsbury’s annual Carols In The Square concert, which attracts scores of people to the town, returns next week.
The festive event will take place on Wednesday, December 12, from 5.30pm with music for all the family.
Shrewsbury Town Council is managing the concert, which will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Shropshire, hosted by Eric Smith, from 6.05pm.
To get everyone in the festive mood, there will be music from Shrewsbury Brass Band and Shrewsbury Male Voice Choir as they lead the crowds with renditions of classic Christmas carols including Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Silent Night and Away in a Manger.
The concert will also be available to watch on-line thanks to Shrewsbury-based company, Microvideo, with live streaming via carolsinthesquare.com
In case people can’t make it to the Square, the concert will also be broadcast inside Shrewsbury Market Hall where all the action from the main stage will be relayed via large TV screens.
Helen Ball, town clerk, said: “The annual Carols In The Square concert has always been a special event in Shrewsbury’s calendar, and is something that we enjoy organising. We know that it’s become a festive tradition and it’s also a great opportunity for everyone to get together for an informal sing-a-long. We will have song sheets available on the night so there’s no excuse not to join in.
“We’re hoping that the weather is kinder to us this year after last year’s snow and freezing temperatures so we’ll be keeping an eye on the weather forecast over the next week.”
To allow the Carols In The Square event to be held safely, there will be road closures in place on High Street, Wyle Cop (NW direction) and Princess Street, which will be closed from 4.30pm until around 7.30pm.
The Square will be closed all day, from 8am until around 7.30pm.
There will be free parking from 3pm at Abbey Foregate and Frankwell car parks, whilst Raven Meadows multi-storey carpark has 50 per cent off parking from 3pm. To ease any potential congestion in the town centre, there will also be free Park & Ride from 12pm until 9pm.
Shrewsbury Shopping Centres, as well as many of the town’s independent retailers, will be open until 8pm. The Market Hall will also remain open until 9pm with live music and complimentary mulled wine and mince pies, subject to proof of a purchase from stallholders, whilst stocks last.