People’s Park will be alive and kicking for Town Mayor’s Sunday in Banbury

Pictured: Nolan Wakelin with his two daughters Nancy and Nikita and their hobby horses at last year's Town Mayor's Sunday.  Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140607-220355009
Pictured: Nolan Wakelin with his two daughters Nancy and Nikita and their hobby horses at last year's Town Mayor's Sunday. Picture by Lucy Ford NNL-140607-220355009

An afternoon of colour and excitement is planned for this year’s Town Mayor’s Sunday in People’s Park on July 5.

The free event begins at 12.30pm with a procession from the town hall to the park, led by Banbury’s Air Training Corps band. Town mayor Tony Mepham and a civic group will follow behind, along with representatives of clubs and community groups and adults and children dressed in hobby horse costumes.

The afternoon will feature more than three hours of action and audience participation designed to thrill children and grown-ups.

Young people will be invited to take part in sport sessions, hobby horse races and to join in with the ever-popular boxing training routine by Dave Earle of Spit ‘n’ Sawdust gym on North Bar.

The programme includes the Stagecoach Singing, Dancing and Drama Group, Joanne Mills School of Dance, Dogs for the Disabled demonstrations, the Radio Horton Roadshow and children’s and adult hobby horse races.

Fir Tree Falconry in Warmington, Phoenix Foundation ponies, fairground rides, free face painting and balloon modelling, charity stalls and hot and cold food vendors complete the attractions.

Mr Mepham said: “This year’s event promises to be the busiest ever. It will be non-stop action until 4.00 and there will be lots of opportunities for members of the public to join in and have fun.

“Families are welcome to bring picnics and find a quiet corner where they can enjoy their meals or pick up delicious food and drink from the many food units. All in all, Sunday, July 5 has the makings of a day to remember for young and old.”