Keep Saturday, July 12 free as all Banburyshire residents are invited to Banbury’s fifth Old Town Party, which this year promises to be bigger and better than ever!
To coincide with the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Banbury Old Town is going back in time to the 1940s.
Visitors will be able to wander along the streets, lanes and Market Place that make up the Old Town area and see shop keepers in 1940s dress and themed shop windows as the sounds of big band and swing music fill the air.
The event will be opened by town mayor Sean Woodcock at 11.30am and will continue until 4pm. At every turn as you walk through this historic market town you may bump into Rimski on his bicycle piano, The Hoola Hooper Angie Mack, balloon modellers, face-painters, or stilt walkers dressed as the Golfer, the Landgirl, and the Spiv.
Visitors can enjoy music from singing trio The Sceptics, Sue and her Swinging Syncopators, Betsy Harmony and her wartime music, the Linden Players and many more!
There will be traditional 1940s art and games for children to enjoy. Banbury Museum will provide materials to make a brass rubbing of the tokens inlaid in Parsons Street, provide head phones with soundtracks of local people telling stories from the Second World War and a display covered with photos of Banbury in the 1940s including images of Spencers, health care at the Horton and bombing at the lock.
Banbury Sound will be out and about in the morning as Kirsty Leahy presents the breakfast show from the town.
This year the event is sponsored by Cherwell District Council, the traders of the Old Town Association and Castle Quay shopping centre and is organised by the Old Town Association.