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Witney Feast

Bad weather has not stopped Witney Feast this year. The fair will be operating on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th September 2008.

On Sunday 14th September at The Leys Recreation the traditional “Golden Gallopers” Fairground Service will be held at 7.15pm.

The Witney Feast is a yearly colourful and noisy event; it first came about in 1243 when King Henry III gave two deer to the Rector of Witney to celebrate the re-dedication of the St Mary’s Church. Over hundreds of years it has changed from a feast day to a funfair, taking place on the first Sunday after the 8th of September and lasting for two days. Originally it was held all along Church Green and around the Market Square but moved to the green space next to the church known as The Leys in the early 20th century. It has always been an important date in the local calendar; people come in from miles around to enjoy the fairground rides, sideshows, food stalls, music and sporting events.

Posted : 12/09/2008 14:15:52

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