Old Town firms gear up for spring party

Old Town party preview, Parsons Street, Banbury. From the left, George Wisner, Cactus, Kim Northcote, Fancy That, Barry Whitehouse, The Artery and Kathi Cooper, Old Town Deli Cafe. NNL-150428-120214009
Old Town party preview, Parsons Street, Banbury. From the left, George Wisner, Cactus, Kim Northcote, Fancy That, Barry Whitehouse, The Artery and Kathi Cooper, Old Town Deli Cafe. NNL-150428-120214009

Hundreds of people are expected to descend on Banbury’s historic Old Town on Saturday for this year’s spring party.

Many independent businesses have already signed up to take part in the event which this year has been organised by Banbury Town Council and the Old Town Traders’ Association.

Already colourful bunting adorns some areas and key shopping streets including Parsons Street, the Lanes and the Walks are set to come alive with music, workshops, competitions and other fun, family-friendly activities.

In addition many traders will be in costume on the day and some firms will be showing off a variety of floral spring-themed window displays.

Barry Whitehouse, of the Banbury Old Town Traders’ Association, said now independent stores of the district have weathered the recession the Old Town Spring Party would be a chance to celebrate their unique offering.

He said: “Banbury Town Council is on board this year and we usually have thousands of people in on the day.

“In the Old Town Association we have over 50 members who are independent, but there are around a 100 in the Old Town area.

“The Old Town party is a celebration and a chance for us to say thank you to the shoppers who choose to visit our businesses.”

The the parties were previously run Cherwell District Council and the Old Town Traders’ Association and this is the first event to take place in the spring in addition to a summer party on September 5. People don’t have to be members of the Old Town Traders’ Association to take part in either event,

Last year’s event featured a 1940s’ theme.

Cllr Colin Clarke is chairman of the committee which is helping to organise the event. He said: “We decided this year we wanted to have an event in the spring.

“Banbury runs more than its fair share of events, but this promotes the town and the businesses in the town.”

“These events have always been very successful in the past, but a lot depends on the weather!”

Banbury is gearing up for a number of events in the coming months including Banbury and District Show, Banbury Food Fair and Banbury Flower and Produce Show, the Old Town Summer Party, Battle of Britain Parade and Service and Banbury Canal Day. Hundreds of people are expected to descend on Banbury’s historic Old Town on Saturday for this year’s spring party.