Shiver me timbers! A swashbuckling day in Banbury’s Old Town

Pirate themed Banbury Old Town Street Party and Organ Festival. Pictured, shop owners Jane Gillett, Trudie Marriott, Ken Gillett, Geri Pinto, Shelley Dawson and Lynda O'Rouke NNL-150609-094208009
Pirate themed Banbury Old Town Street Party and Organ Festival. Pictured, shop owners Jane Gillett, Trudie Marriott, Ken Gillett, Geri Pinto, Shelley Dawson and Lynda O'Rouke NNL-150609-094208009

Pirates young and old took over Banbury’s Old Town on Saturday for a day of treasure hunts and swashbuckling fun.

The Old Town’s summer party coincided with the town council’s street organ festival for the first time and throughout Parsons Street, Market Place, Church Lane and White Lion Walk there was something for everyone to enjoy with a host of activities.

Pirate themed Banbury Old Town Street Party and Organ Festival. Pictured, father and daughter organ grinders Eric and Karen Dilks NNL-150609-094411009

Pirate themed Banbury Old Town Street Party and Organ Festival. Pictured, father and daughter organ grinders Eric and Karen Dilks NNL-150609-094411009

And many of the independent traders based in the area did not disappoint as they dressed up as pirates and took part in a best dressed window competition.

Activities on the day included balloon modelling, face painting and colouring in posters. The Pirates Platform in the Market Place saw live music provided by Camino del Flamenco and performances by the Banbury Presents project and Joanne Mills School of Dance, based off Parsons Street.

In White Lion Walk there was a special area called Pirates Walk where the Mill Arts Centre had a hearty selection of pirate-themed activities for families to join in on.

The Pirate Grotto in the Castle House courtyard also proved a popular destination with puppeteer Tim Jones and The Cherwell Theatre Company helped youngsters act like a pirate, showing them popular phases and poses.

Pirate themed Banbury Old Town Street Party and Organ Festival. Pictured, Eirlys Plowman, Sylvia Tupman and Tony Hall from Cancer Research UK NNL-150609-094219009

Pirate themed Banbury Old Town Street Party and Organ Festival. Pictured, Eirlys Plowman, Sylvia Tupman and Tony Hall from Cancer Research UK NNL-150609-094219009

Aside from the Old Town Summer Party was also the street organ festival, which forms part of Banbury Town Council’s bumper programme. This year 15 street organs graced Banbury with their presence in locations around the town.

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