Festival fills Chipping Norton Market Place with sweet music

Jasmine and James on stage in Chipping Norton's Market Place

Rylan Taylor, centre, in the crowd

Witney's Voicebox choir

Sisters Bronagh Sheehy, 10, and Abigail Sheehy, five, from North Leigh with improvised sun shades

First published in News by , Witney Reporter

FROM heavy metal to folk and opera, music fans were treated to an eclectic mix of music at Chipping Norton’s annual town festival on Sunday.

More than 2,000 people turned out for the Chipping Norton Town Festival, where local bands and singing groups performed in the Market Place.

They included heavy metal act The Reaper, folk outfit FiddleBop, the Witney choir Voicebox and Chipping Norton Amateur Operatic Society (CHAOS).

Visitors also enjoyed fairground rides and a hog roast and a host of stalls.

It was organised by the Rotary Club of Chipping Norton and raised money for local charities. The final total raised has yet to be worked out.

Organising committee chairman Martin Jarratt said: “We had an excellent day and there was a very good crowd, with everyone seeming to enjoy it. There was all sorts of music, which meant there was something for younger as well as older people.”

Chipping Norton resident Neil Taylor went to the festival with his wife Charlotte and children Rylan, three, and Ethan, one.

He said: “It was lovely to see so many people there.”

Rylan added: “The best bit was the candyfloss and I loved going on the fairground rides.”

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