Time travel for Ti­rau on Ox­ford day

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By LIBBY KIS­SICK

The town of Ti­rau is gear­ing up to step back in time and en­gage in some com­mem­o­ra­tive fun on De­cem­ber 18.

The two-part sale auc­tion of Ox­ford (Ti­rau) on De­cem­ber 14 1881 is to be re­mem­bered by var­i­ous events around the town.

These in­clude a mock bat­tle of flour bombs and plas­tic swords be­tween Hamil­ton’s Alf’s Army and the lo­cal Fear­some Ox­ford Fire­fight­ers.

Back to Ox­ford Day or­gan­iser and soon-to-be Ox­ford town crier War­ren Lee felt it was only fit­ting that the 130th an­niver­sary of Ox­ford should be cel­e­brated in 19th cen­tury style.

"We en­cour­age ev­ery­body to come in and en­joy the day.

‘‘If any­one wants to dress up in colo­nial cloth­ing we would love them to do so," Mr Lee said.

The town Ti­rau dropped the name Ox­ford when it was learnt a town in the South Is­land al­ready went by that name.

Due to the strong pres­ence the church had in 1881 the day’s events will start with a 10am ser­vice at the Ti­rau Co-op­er­at­ing Church.

From then un­til 5pm will be an ar­ray of fun and an­tics in the form of races, com­pe­ti­tions, a 46 Ford Coupe and a cou­ple of ‘‘ start- up’’ ma­chine demon­stra­tions at the Ti­rau Mu­seum.

There will also be march­ing girls and mar­ket stalls.

The open­ing of the Foot­path Gallery Ex­hi­bi­tion walk (show­cas­ing art­work painted by artists who sat on footpaths and painted scenes of Ti­rau) is an­tic­i­pated to be pop­u­lar.

In ad­di­tion the fes­tiv­i­ties of Christ­mas will tie into the cel­e­bra­tions with car­ols, Santa and a con­cert to fol­low af­ter a planned town bar­beque.

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