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Final preparations underway for Carols in the Square

Final preparations are underway for Shrewsbury's Carols in the Square concert which returns to the town on Wednesday evening. The event, which is a hugely popular attraction in Shrewsbury's festive calendar, kicks off 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 with Eric Smith from 6.05pm.

There will be music from Shrewsbury Brass Band and Shrewsbury Male Voice Choir who will lead the crowds with renditions of classic Christmas carols including Silent Night, Jingle Bells and Once in Royal David's City.

Song sheets will be available on the night and are also available to download from Shrewsbury Town Council and Shrewsbury Square website.

People all around the world will be able to watch the concert online thanks to Shrewsbury-based company, Microvideo, which will be streaming the event live via live.microvideo.uk.com

For the first time in the event's history the concert will also be broadcast inside Shrewsbury Market Hall where all the action from the main stage will be relayed via large screens and speakers.

Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Miles Kenny said; "I am really excited for the Carols in the Square concert which is a fantastic way to mark the festive season the week before Christmas. The Town Council has been working tremendously hard to put on this well-loved event and I am looking forward to seeing and hearing all the people in the Square. Bring your best singing voice, grab a song sheet and come along!"

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) & Princess Street which will be closed from 5.30pm until 7.30pm.

The Square will be closed all day, from 8am until 7.30pm.

There will be free parking from 4pm at Abbey Foregate, St Julian's Friars amd Frankwell Main Long Stay Car Parks.

Shrewsbury Shopping Centres, as well as many of the town's independent retailers, will be open until 8pm.

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery will also be open late until 8pm and the Market Hall will be welcoming shoppers until 9pm with live music and complimentary mulled wine and mince pies.