Keep this Saturday free as you are all invited to Banbury’s 5th Old Town Party, and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever!
To coincide with the 70th anniversary of D-Day, Banbury Old Town is going back in time to the 1940s. Wander along the streets, lanes and Market Place that make up the Old Town area, and see shop keepers in 1940s dress and themed shop windows as the sounds of big band and swing music fill the air.
It will be opened by the town mayor at 11:30am and continues all day until 4:00pm.
With every turn as you walk along this historic market town you may bump into Rimski on his bicycle piano, The Hoola Hooper Angie Mack, plus balloon modellers, face-painters, or the stilt walkers: The Golfer, The Landgirl, and The Spiv. Listen to music from singing trio The Sceptics, Sue and her Swinging Syncopators, Betsy Harmony and her wartime music, the Linden Players….and much more! There will be traditional 1940s art and games for children to join in. Banbury Museum will provide materials to make a brass rubbing of the tokens inlaid in Parsons Street and provide head phones with sound tracks of local people telling stories from second world war and display covered with photos of Banbury in the 1940s including Spencers, Health Care at the Horton in 1940’s pre NHS, and bombing at the lock. Banbury Sound will be present in the morning as Kirsty Leahy presents the breakfast show from the town.
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Banbury Old Town Party
Banbury is THE place to be Saturday 12th July. The brilliant Old Town Party, St. Mary’s Church Fete PLUS Banbury Armed Forces Day – all in our wonderful town centre.
The Summer family event now proves as popular as the Christmas light event in November in the shopping calendar. The shops play a fantastic part in making this a massive draw for shoppers each year with live music played in White Lion’s Walk keeping the atmosphere buzzing. The Old Town Party usually kicks off with a procession of Britain’s finest marching from St.Mary’s Church as part of Armed Forces Day. The parade then moves down Parsons Street before culminating in the The Market Place where stalls, fine foods and family events await.