Banbury was buzzing for three days last week as the annual Michaelmas Fair brought families and thrill-seekers to the town centre.
Market Place and parts of Bridge Street were filled with carousels, dodgems and waltzers and the screams of fair-goers mixed with the dance tunes booming from fairground booths.
Richard Jennings, who has travelled around the UK working with Bob Wilson’s fair for the past seven years, said Banbury is always unique because of its town centre location.
He said: “Banbury is one of the good ones because it’s in the town centre.
“It’s easier to set up and it doesn’t matter so much if it rains because you don’t have to start putting covers over things.”
Banbury Town Mayor Nicholas Turner added: “For an event that’s been going on for 400 years, it’s fantastic. People in Banbury have looked forward to the third week in October for generations.”
Dedicated thrill seekers at this year’s fair included Katie Heritage, 17, and Matthew Townsend, 16, who braved the high and mighty Storm ride on the very first day.
But many families brought younger children along for the gentler rides and a chance to win a giant teddy or alligator on the sidestalls.
The fair is now operated by Bob Wilson’s Funfairs Ltd in partnership with Cherwell district and Banbury town councils.