Banbury turns out for Mayor’s day

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Jules Proctor and Horton the horse NNL-150507-161251009
Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Jules Proctor and Horton the horse NNL-150507-161251009

Hobby horses were out in force again on Sunday for a hugely successful community event at Town Mayor’s Day in Banbury’s People’s Park.

People of all ages entertained the crowd in an afternoon of action, spectacle, fascination and entertainment.

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Nancy Wakelin (3) and Unicorn Hobby Horse in the parade NNL-150507-161451009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Nancy Wakelin (3) and Unicorn Hobby Horse in the parade NNL-150507-161451009

Children and adults took part in sports sessions, races and Dave Earle’s Spit ‘n’ Sawdust gym boxing training routine.

Plenty of energy was expended in the arena by the Banbury Irish AFC Under-Six soccer team, the Banbury Flyball Dog Display team and street dancing group 2Fierce.

Town Mayor Cllr Tony Mepham was at the forefront of a procession from the Town Hall to the park with the Banbury Air Training Corps Band.

He said: “There was a wonderful turnout for the event which was one of the busiest ever.”

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, all in tug-of-war NNL-150507-161651009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, all in tug-of-war NNL-150507-161651009

Visitors watched the Stagecoach Singing, Dancing and Drama group, Joanne Mills School of Dance, Dogs for the Disabled demonstrations and the Radio Horton Roadshow.

There were also fairground rides, face painting, charity stalls, hot and cold food vendors and a tea tent run by the girl guides.

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Help for Heroes mascot Hero Bear in the People's Park NNL-150507-161439009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Help for Heroes mascot Hero Bear in the People's Park NNL-150507-161439009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Rachel Newman followed by the Rat NNL-150507-161342009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Rachel Newman followed by the Rat NNL-150507-161342009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Stage Coach in the parade NNL-150507-161303009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Stage Coach in the parade NNL-150507-161303009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Jacob Nicholls (7) having fun on the funfair NNL-150507-161637009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Jacob Nicholls (7) having fun on the funfair NNL-150507-161637009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Banbury Cross Twerlers' Georgia Williams-Parker in the parade NNL-150507-161627009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Banbury Cross Twerlers' Georgia Williams-Parker in the parade NNL-150507-161627009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Mayor Cllr Tony Mepham in the parade NNL-150507-161556009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, Mayor Cllr Tony Mepham in the parade NNL-150507-161556009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, 4060 Banbury Squadron ATC band lead the parade NNL-150507-161544009

Town Mayor's Sunday and Hobby Horse Festival. Pictured, 4060 Banbury Squadron ATC band lead the parade NNL-150507-161544009