TENBURY is open for business almost as usual.

This is the message as the town shows its resilience and starts to bounce back after the flooding in February.

But it is not easy and a number of shops remain closed and the Advertiser has been told that some are unlikely to reopen.

The town was busy on Saturday morning but seven businesses in Teme Street that were open before the flooding remain closed, as do three in Market Street.

However, other businesses are making the best of the situation and are serving customers again.

Carol Collier, who runs Smarty Pants in Teme Street, was hit, but she is fortunate in that she has been able to ‘take a rail’ in the next- door shop that is run by her son Jon Mullins.

For the town centre the challenge is to get back to normal as quickly as possible and in time for the arrival of the start of the main tourist season that will begin at Easter.

The Regal has been badly damaged but has already put in place measurers to enable shows to go on in other parts of the town.

“We have been speaking to all of the agents for our live shows and we are proud to say we have managed to retain nearly every show in this coming season,” said Westley Bone, the theatre manager.

A few dates have changed, but most events will take place as scheduled, and nearly all will be at Tenbury High Ormiston Academy.”

The first live show will be comedian Rich Hall on Saturday, March 28, followed by John Challis, Dire Streets, Mark Steel, The Fureys, Fairport Convention and many more. Tenbury’s Got Talent, a community talent contest to raise money for the mayor’s charities, will now take place on Saturday, July 4.

Almost all broadcast events have also been retained. They will be part of the pop-up cinema at the Methodist Church in Cross Street in Tenbury.

“Every Friday evening we will be creating a pop-up cinema in the Methodist Church,” said Mr Bone.

“We want to make sure that the people of Tenbury and the surrounding areas have a place to come for a night out. Each week will be screening a broadcast or a film. It’s going to be great fun – a real community pop-up cinema!

“Because the space is much smaller, numbers are limited so we suggest customers book early to avoid disappointment.”

The Regal’s Box Office team is in the process of contacting customers who have tickets to any events.

Adam Hills, presenter of Channel 4’s ‘The Last Leg, performed at the Regal at the beginning of February and has sent his good wishes.