Because of its success in the regional “Britain on Bloom “ competitions run each year, the town now enters the “Champions League” of selected towns and villages competing for the coveted prizes which help to promote Shrewsbury around the world and this enhances tourism for the town. Local businesses provide support by offering to put out hanging baskets and floral displays, sponsor floral works on roundabouts etc.
The Greenhous Shrewsbury VW Commercial dealership supported the cause by supplying a Volkswagen Caravelle to ferry the Britain in Bloom judges around the town. The splendid vehicle was a hit with the judges.
Steve Thomas, director general manager for Greenhous VW Commercial, explained, ”We were delighted to provide a vehicle for the judging when asked by Gary Farmer from the Town Council. The Caravelle has many features which lend itself to the judges purpose here today.” The Caravelle Executive has leather seats and climate control. The judges had an elevated view of the town as they drove along. The vehicle was designed by VW to be used by businesses as a mobile office as the rear seats can swivel to have the passengers sat round a table. Ideal for the judging.
Picture shows (from left to right); Judge Brendan Mowforth, Gary Farmer (Shrewsbury Town Council), Steve Thomas (Greenhous), Helen Ball (STC), PC Kevin Roberts and Judge Mark Wasilewski MVO alongside the Caravelle at the Shrewsbury Castle gardens