Banbury Old Town Party
Keep Saturday 12th July free as you are all invited to Banbury’s fifth 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.
The event which this year is sponsored by Cherwell District Council, the traders of the Old Town Association, and Castle Quay shopping centre is a very popular event in the Banbury calendar. The Old Town Association organise the party as a way of saying ‘thank you’ to all the shoppers who support the Old Town area and keep it the thriving, diverse shopping and leisure destination that it has come to be.