Watch: Shroosbury v Shrowsbury debate caught on video


A video of the charity ‘Shroosbury’ v ‘Shrowsbury’ debate has been produced – for anyone who missed the event or would like to relive the action from the evening.

Historians stepped forward to share the arguments for different pronunciations of Shropshire’s county town at the event hosted by University Centre Shrewsbury earlier this month.

The debate at Rowley’s House raised more than £500 for Shrewsbury Ark, a drop-in centre helping homeless and vulnerable people.

The pronunciation of ‘Shrewsbury’ is an ongoing topic of discussion. Some say ‘Shroosbury’ (as in rhyming with Grews-bury) and some say ‘Shrowsbury’ (as in rhyming with Grows-bury), with other pronunciations also being used.

BBC Radio Shropshire presenter Jim Hawkins chaired the debate and music was provided by Paul and Nikki Henshaw, joined by Brother Braddaz.

Stop. Coffee Shop also supported the event including baking special ‘Shroosbury’ and ‘Shrowsbury’ biscuits.

Paul Kirkbright, University Centre Shrewsbury Deputy Provost, said: “We really enjoyed welcoming everyone to Rowley’s House to get involved in the discussion.

“We are indebted to everyone who gave up their time to support the event and Shrewsbury Ark.

“We filmed the event so that anyone who couldn’t make it, or would like to hear the arguments again, has an opportunity to take a look.

“We hope people enjoy the video, and if you weren’t able to join us, might make a donation to Shrewsbury Ark.

“We look forward to hosting more events open to all.”

The money raised will also be Gift Aided, adding 25p for every £1 donated.

For more information on Shrewsbury Ark, including how to make a donation, go to

For further details on University Centre Shrewsbury go to

Author: Jon Simcock

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