Banbury wishes the Horton General Hospital a Happy 150th Birthday today (Sunday) as the town campaign group holds a gathering outside the main gates

Banbury sang a rousing Happy 150th Birthday to the Horton General Hospital when the town’s campaign group held a gathering outside the main gates.

By Roseanne Edwards
Sunday, 17th July 2022, 3:32 pm
Updated Sunday, 17th July 2022, 3:34 pm
Campaigners from Keep the Horton General are joined by other Horton supporters at a gathering to mark the hospital's 150th anniversary. Picture by Ian Gentles
Campaigners from Keep the Horton General are joined by other Horton supporters at a gathering to mark the hospital's 150th anniversary. Picture by Ian Gentles

Balloons were held high, banners were hung outside the hospital and motorists were given Keep the Horton General (KTHG) wristbands and key fobs in recognition of their support. In an hour’s time (approximately 4.30pm) today (Sunday) the bells of St Mary’s Church, Horsefair, will ring out in a half peal to mark the hospital’s incredible anniversary.

Campaign members, supporters and visiting town, district and county councillors joined in a rousing chorus of Happy Birthday to our amazing district general hospital.

KTHG Chairman Keith Strangwood said: “We’ve gathered here today to mark 150 years of Banbury having its own hospital where, since 1872, people have been able to receive devoted treatment for births, illnesses, injuries and end of life care.

"We will continue to campaign for the return of essential services that have been removed from Banbury in spite of the town’s growth, and to ensure that people living in this area have a reliable hospital with the same amazing staff commitment that our Horton doctors, nurses, medical practitioners and assistants provide today.

"Thanks to everyone who turned out to join us in our celebration and to motorists who gave us loud support with their car horns. We know how much the Horton is loved.”

To read more about how the Horton was bequeathed to Banbury and some of its history, see here.

Horton supporter Sian Kaye, from Shipston, organised the St Mary’s bellringing and has encouraged shops in the town centre to decorate their windows to mark the anniversary.