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JUBILEE: Celebrations will light up whole county
BUNTING, picnics and fireworks will light up town and city centres for the weekend’s Jubilee celebrations.
For everyone not going along to a street party – and for some who are – councils around Oxfordshire have made sure residents will not be missing out on Jubilee fun.
In Oxford, hundreds of families are expected to join the new Lord Mayor Alan Armitage for a 1950s-themed party at Gloucester Green.
The event, from noon until 6pm on Monday, will feature street performers, music groups and musicians, along with dance performances, food stalls and workshops.
Mr Armitage said: “The double bank holiday will be an opportunity for us all to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, and I hope many people will come to Gloucester Green to see the performances and the bands and to join in the fun.”
Hundreds of children are expected at a teddy bears’ picnic in Witney on Saturday, while all 2,500 tickets for a special Proms in the Park at Abingdon’s Abbey Grounds on Sunday have sold out.
Witney Town Council’s Chrissie Curry, chairman of the town’s Jubilee working party, said: “It is going to be massive.
“We are pulling everything out that we can to make sure that it is the biggest event Witney has ever seen. We will have bunting everywhere.
“Practically every school will be having its own street party, there will be street parties all over Witney, and the town will be awash with parties, celebrations, bunting, flags and balloons.
“I think it is important for everyone to recognise this amazing milestone.”
More than 1,000 children in Banbury are aiming to have the biggest street party for children in the country, while Bicester residents can enjoy fireworks and parties throughout the weekend.
There will also be 60 beacons lit around the county on Monday night – including at Oxford Castle.
Lord Lieutenant of Oxfordshire Tim Stevenson, who is the Queen’s representative in the county, said: “I firmly believe the Jubilee weekend will turn out to be a great celebration for everyone in Oxfordshire.”
Pick up a copy of tomorrow's Oxford Mail for our special 76-page Jubilee magazine