Cries of Oyez Oyez could once again be heard on Saturday as Banbury held its ninth annual Street Organ and Town Crier Festival.
Town criers from as far away as Essex, Devon and Durham competed in the national crier championships at the bandstand in the High Street, entertaining crowds at 11am and 2pm.
Karen Dilks, a regular attendee at the event and secretary of the British Organ Grinders’ Association, said: “We really love coming here as we get such a great reception from the public.
“They really enjoy seeing us and the other members dress up and relive a historic tradition.”
Among the town criers competing was 82-year-old John Papworth from Kelverdon, near Colchester. A town crier for 27 years, he has been attending the Banbury event for six years.
He said: “It’s a really friendly event, I always enjoy coming here. We all get a really warm welcome when we arrive and I’ve made a lot of good friends – it is great to see the event has been going on for so long.”
The event, as well as a quiz at Banbury Town Hall quiz on Friday evening, raised funds for Banbury Young Homelessness Project (BYHP).