Furrows turns back the clock for show display

Shropshire motor dealers, Furrows, are marking their centenary year with a very special step back in time at this year’s Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Exhibits in the Quarry Marquee at the event on August 10 and 11 will all be based around the theme “Times Gone By” which is a perfect fit for Furrows as they celebrate their milestone anniversary.

Group Managing Director Dave Farthing said the Furrows garden was a celebration of their centenary year and the pride they felt for Shropshire and the home of the Flower Show.

“We’ve been working with renowned horticulturalist Margaret Thrower – daughter of the legendary Percy Thrower – to create a garden that truly reflects our roots in Shropshire and our rich historical links with the area.

“Our display features the iconic Model T Ford alongside Shropshire’s best-selling Ford vehicle over the past two decades, the Ford Fiesta.

“Visitors will also see references in the garden to the Coton Hill Garage in Shrewsbury where Furrows traded from for almost 90 years – a site which included the 17th century home of Admiral Benbow, one of Shrewsbury’s most famous sons.

“And eagle-eyed garden enthusiasts may well spot the reference to the young Benbow leaving his house key in a tree as he ran off to sea.”

Also in the Furrows display, the River Severn meanders through the garden, reflecting memories of how it would regularly flood Coton Hill and the Furrows showroom.

“The backdrop of trees represents those that framed Benbow House across the river, and we’re delighted to be able to create a display that mirrors our century-long link to the county town and the wonderful surroundings of the county.”

Also taking up the “Times Gone By” theme will be the Newgate brand, from Oswestry, founded 30 years ago. They design and manufacture clocks and have just launched a watch collection.

Wayne and Rachael Downey from Furrows Group prepare for the Shrewsbury Flower Show with representatives from Newgate Clocks