Banbury welcomes its new town mayor

Banbury's new town mayor Tony Mepham with his wife Lesley NNL-150513-111954001
Banbury's new town mayor Tony Mepham with his wife Lesley NNL-150513-111954001

Banbury town councillor Tony Mepham is the town’s new mayor after he was inaugurated in the role on Tuesday.

Mr Mepham represents the Hardwick ward on the town council and was elected for the second time with his wife Lesley as mayoress.

He served as mayor for the first time in 2002 and took over from councillor Sean Woodcock in a ceremony at Banbury Town Hall.

Councillor Gordon Ross, with his wife Mary, are the new deputy mayor and deputy mayoress.

And it will be a busy year for the new mayor, as he will help promote Banbury’s traditions at a host of town events throughout the year.

The next big one is the Banbury and District Show in Spiceball Park on Sunday, June 14, which will be full of fun and entertainment for all the family.

Throughout the summer other events include the Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 27 and the Town Mayor’s Sunday on July 5, which features the popular Hobby Horse Festival.

Later on in the year is the Town Crier and Street Organ Festival, with the Old Town Party set to return for the second time in September before the build-up to Christmas really starts when the town’s lights are switched on at the end of November, with the help of a celebrity guest.

Other events for the end of the year include a candlelit concert at St Mary’s Church and the mayor’s toy appeal for children and their families.