A NEW virtual event showcasing the best of Shropshire while raising money for charity has received royal approval.

The Shropshire Virtual Show will take place from 10am until 9pm on Saturday, August 22 and will bring together much-loved elements of a live event, including entertainment, competitions, activities and shopping, for people to enjoy at home and in their gardens.

The event is free to enjoy but visitors will be able to make a charitable donation, with proceeds going to five Shropshire charities, including the Cavalier Centre, League of Friends to RJAH, the Movement Centre, Dog A.I.D and Shropshire Rural Communities Charity.

Highlights from the programme include TV’s Marcus Bean demonstrating how to cook a classic Shropshire dish, the action-packed Upper Cut Fight Stunt Show executing a spectacular display, Theatrick’s equestrian team performing gymnastics on horseback and comedian Paul ‘Silky’ White delivering a laughter-filled set.

Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire, Anna Turner, is show president and the High Sheriff of Shropshire, Dean Harris, is show vice president.

Ms Turner said she was delighted for everyone involved.

She said: “The Shropshire Virtual Show is a demonstration of how this county can come together in a crisis and make the best of really difficult circumstances.

“I am delighted that there is an opportunity for Shropshire traders, entertainers and competitors to showcase their talents this summer, and for people to support some wonderful local charities that need our help now more than ever.”

Meanwhile, Selina Graham, chairman of the Cavalier Centre, added: “We are lucky enough at the Cavalier Centre to have two bright young trustees with both the imagination and ability to bring something like this together, but for me, especially at a time like this, it is all about collaboration and helping each other.

“I am so proud to be involved with the show and in particular with wonderful representatives from the five charities who are working so hard to make it a really fun and exciting event.”