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Oswestry firm supplies bandstand pavilions for prestigious royal show

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The Leader of Shropshire Council has congratulated the Shropshire-based British Ironwork Centre after they were chosen to supply four bandstand pavilions for the prestigious Coronation Festival Show, which took place at Buckingham Palace last month (July 2013).

The bandstand pavilions, which had all been handcrafted and finished in pale cream, had taken several months to complete, and were examples of the huge array of decorative metalwork on display at the centre, which is based at Aston, near Oswestry.

The pavilions were used to create the four enchanting entrances into the grounds of the Palace during the show, which celebrated 60 years of innovation, excellence and industry, during the reign of her majesty Queen Elizabeth. Billed as “The very best of Britain”, it showcased the very best of British craftsmanship, alongside some of the very best UK global and multinational organisations.

Clive Knowles, Managing Director of the Ironworks Centre, said:

“We all felt remarkably honoured to be involved with any work that would go on display at Buckingham Palace. Surrounded by over 200 of Her Majesty’s appointed warrant holder companies, all exhibiting the very best of products made in the UK was simply amazing. Every member of staff that was involved in the effort, were both proud and excited to be asked to contribute.

“We sincerely hope that this involvement will manifest itself into receiving lots more enquiries and bring further work to the people of Oswestry, from all over the world. We hope to again highlight Oswestry as a “town of inspiration” and to continue our programme of increasing quality and sustained employment in the town”.

Keith Barrow, Leader of Shropshire Council, said:

“To be specially chosen to supply these four stunning bandstands for the Coronation Festival Show is a fantastic achievement for the British Ironwork Centre, but it’s also brilliant for Oswestry and for Shropshire that one of our companies was invited to supply their products for such a prestigious and high profile event. I congratulate Clive Knowles and all at the company and hope that their success leads to further orders for the firm, and helps to put Oswestry and Shropshire on the map, both at home and abroad.”

The pavilions can be viewed by either visiting the centre British Ironwork Centre just off the A5 just south of Oswestry, or by visiting their website – www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk.