Banbury’s Old Town will be invaded by pirates at this year’s summer party as the popular event returns for another bumper day of activities and entertainment.
It will take place on Saturday, September 5 in Parsons Street, Church Lane and parts of the Market Place, and is being organised by The Old Town Association and, for the first time, in conjunction with Banbury Town Council.
It has become a highlight of Banbury’s year in recent years, with businesses based in the Old Town working hard to help promote the independent traders in the town. Incorporating a pirate theme, traders will be dressing up in fancy dress to bring this part of town to life.
Barry Whitehouse runs the Artery artshop in Parsons Street and is part of the planning committee with the Old Town Association.
He said traders are all looking forward to this year’s spectacle which is also a way of saying thank you to their loyal customers.
He said: “This is the first time we have done this event with the help of Banbury Town Council and they have been wonderful as the event has got bigger and bigger each year so it has been great to have their help working with us to make it better as well.
“The party will be through the whole of Parsons Street, Church Walk, Church Lane, White Lion Walk, parts of the Market Place and even Butchers Row. There will be lots of stuff for people and we as traders are really looking forward to it.
“This event is to show everyone new to the town that there are still great shops in Banbury operating and not closing down, and to say thank you to customers who choose to shop with us and not online.”
Activities scheduled for the day include art and craft activties, live music, stilt walkers and also a shop window competition with traders keeping their secrets hidden until the day to ensure they come out on top.
Mr Whitehouse added that the camaraderie of the Old Town always brings the best o ut of those based there, and said the event is also about showing off the great community spirit enjoyed by shoppers and businesses alike.
He said: “It is a great part of the town and everyone gets on with everyone. Sometimes work can get so busy that you don’t get chance to step away from your shop to talk to people, so this party will be great to bring everyone together and celebrate what is great about Banbury and its traders.
“Everyone has kept their shop window designs a secret but it is sure to be a great day for everyone involved, we just hope the weather stays dry!”