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Bridgnorth motor-fest to go ahead as planned but with a 'heavy heart'

Organisers of the Bridgnorth Italian Auto Moto Festival have confirmed it will be taking place on Sunday - with the town's food bank set to benefit.

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The Italian Auto Moto Festival will still go-ahead this weekend

In the wake of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, a number of events around Shropshire have been cancelled. David Morris, the festival organiser, said he had been fielding e-mails querying whether it will go ahead.

He said: "It is a difficult one but this has been organised well in advance and events like the Ludlow Food Festival are still happening this weekend and they have decided to proceed, like us, with a heavy heart.

"Shrewsbury's 'Proms in the Park' is also proceeding, as a tribute to the late Queen.

"The Royal Family have always been a family of action and a big supporter of community gatherings of all sorts. I feel sure Her Majesty would not have wanted us to cancel an event which is raising money for the local food bank and the Air Ambulance."

The event will feature members of the Italian Auto-Moto club bringing cars and bikes to Bridgnorth town centre, from Ferraris and Lamborghinis to Alfa Romeos and Ducati bikes, with all entrants asked to bring along an item to donate to the food bank.

It is hoped The Stig, made famous on BBC's Top Gear, will present all donations received to Liz Bird from the food bank.

The show will officially be open from 9am on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile the Bridgnorth Beer Festival at the town's Severn Valley Railway station is also going ahead until 11pm tonight and from 11am on Saturday, though without music and entertainment. Over 50 beers, ciders and perries will feature

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