Banbury’s Old Town party is set to be a comical affair

Old Town Party
Old Town Party

Banbury Town Council’s Old Town Party is just around the corner and this year’s theme is comic book and cartoon characters.

The event, on Saturday, September 1, celebrates a time before shopping centres, supermarkets and out-of-town retail parks, when townspeople crowded into the small, mostly independent stores in High Street, Parson’s Street, Church Lane and Broad Street.

Those streets are still home to a wealth of independent stores with merchandise not found anywhere else.

Mayor Shaida Hussain said: “Many senior residents in Banbury look back to the old days with real affection.

“Of course, Banbury has grown tremendously over the years and shopping habits have changed, but the old town party will revive memories of days gone by and will showcase today’s old-town shops.”

Residents young and old are being encouraged to dress up as their comic or cartoon favourites and join in the fun.

In addition there will a Punch and Judy show, an obstacle course, free face painting, balloon modelling, and some very special guests.

Comic Connections proprietor Glyn Smith, said: “We have loads of pro cosplayers turning up including the Hulkbuster which is really photogenic. “Because the suit is so heavy he’ll only be doing two 30 to 40 minutes stints.

“We also have the Lightening McQueen car coming and comic artist Kev Hopgood will be in store taking commissions for sketches from about 1pm.”

The Hulkbuster will be outside Comic Connections at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

The annual Street Organ Festival will once again run alongside the Old Town Party.