Time travel for Tirau on Oxford day
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.