Thousands enjoy jubilee Party in the Park
Published: 06 June 2022
It was an occasion fit for a queen.
Townspeople turned out in their thousands on Saturday (June 4) to enjoy Banbury’s big Party in the Park – organised to celebrate Her Majesty’s platinum jubilee.
Live music, funfair, adventure attractions for children, and food galore made it a day to remember.
The event, in Spiceball Park, started in wet conditions and early comers sheltered under brollies – but the sun arrived and it became a glorious summer-like afternoon.
Families brought hampers and picnicked on the grass or bought eats and drinks from the wide choice of stalls.
Local groups – The Skeme, The Shades, The Dodgers and Under the Covers – performed their special styles of music
The party, which began at 1pm, carried on into the evening with a big-screen TV showing the star-studded events in London from 7.30pm to 11.30pm.
Food and drink stalls, including the beer tent, stayed open.
Town mayor Jayne Strangwood said: “It’s good to see that Banbury residents have taken the jubilee to heart and I’m pleased that so many people have come out to enjoy the festivities.
“After the first hour, the weather couldn’t have been better.”
She added: “Earlier this week the Queen said she hoped many happy memories would be created this weekend – and from what I’ve seen today they certainly have been.”