The former Banbury Town Mayor was back on official duties as he cut the ribbon of a new swing in a playground.
As the immediate past mayor, councillor Tony Ilott was on hand as a representative from Banbury Town Council to officially open the new swing at a play area in the town’s Thornbury Rise last Thursday.
The new children’s swing has been funded by housing group GreenSquare in partnership with Banbury Town Council.
“The town council has a great track record in providing modern play areas in the town,” said councillor Ilott, who added the safety of the play area had also been improved.
“I wish they’d had play areas like this when I was a child – then I wouldn’t have ended up with a broken nose!”
Following an audit of play areas in the area, which was requested by GreenSquare’s resident inspectors, the group donated £5,000 for the new swing from its Estate Improvement Fund grant and the council donated the remaining £5,000 needed.
Richard Grant, community involvement officer at GreenSquare, said: “We were delighted to work in partnership with Banbury Town Council to install this new swing.
“Through our Estate Improvement Fund, we aim to fund projects that will have a positive effect on the communities where our residents live.
“The installation of the swing will help to greatly improve the playground, which was identified as most in need of attention in our audit.”