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Sir Tony Baldry High Steward of Banbury, Fine lady on a White horse, and deputy mayor Cllr Surinder Dhesi.

History repeated itself on Sunday as Banbury celebrated the 100th anniversary of People’s Park.

Hundreds of residents watched as the clock was turned back to 1919, when a procession through town led by a Fine lady on a White Horse was met in the park by Lord North, the High Steward of Banbury at the time, who officially opened the amenity.

On Sunday, 100 years on, a similar procession led by a modern-day Lady on a White Horse was greeted by current High Steward Sir Tony Baldry who got the birthday party underway.

Sir Tony welcomed everyone to a special occasion in a very special place.

He said:

“People’s Park is a wonderful facility. It’s a place that is loved and has been loved by generations of Banbury families. It’s a place where people of all ages come for relaxation, peace and play.

“It was Banbury’s first real park and its opening one hundred years ago was a huge event for townspeople.”

The birthday celebrations, organised by Banbury Town Council, included stalls, games, dog show, food, music and arena entertainment for people of all ages.

Three trees were planted as part of the celebrations. A strawberry tree and a halesia (snowdrop) tree were planted on Friday before the big day, and a black gum tree was planted by Sir Tony Baldry and deputy town mayor Surinder Dhesi during the event.

Cllr Dhesi said:

“People’s Park is a place that holds happy memories for many Banbury families. They will have come here as children, parents, and grandparents and hopefully future generations will continue to come.”

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