BBC news cameras visit Banbury light show

Published: 26 November 2020


Banbury’s fabulous winter film show hit the TV screens this week when BBC news cameras broadcast live from the Market Place.
The film is beamed every day from dusk until late onto the Castle Quay entrance in the Cornhill area of the Market Place.
Extracts from the film were shown on Wednesday’s early evening news programme BBC South Today and the leader of Banbury Town Council Kieron Mallon spoke to reporter Peter Cooke.
Cllr Mallon said: “This film show is the start of Christmas in Banbury. In a few days time the traditional street lights will be switched on and we want people to know that Banbury is open for Christmas shopping.”
Asked how coronavirus had affected the town, Cllr Mallon said: “I think Banbury people are resilient and we will get through this. The next few months, though, will be very important – and I urge residents to do their Christmas shopping in the town.”
He said the Banbury Town Council and Banbury BID had worked together on the film show.
He added: “We put money into this tremendous lights display to attract people into the town centre and help them get that feelgood factor.”
Asked what was special about Banbury, Cllr Mallon replied: “The town is big enough to have everything people need, but small enough to provide a fantastic welcome and individual attention.”
The film combines stunning wintery scenes with memories of Banbury’s history and is free to watch. It lasts just over five minutes and is repeated on a loop system from around 5pm until late. It will be shown until 28 December and will be replaced on the 29th with a New Year video.
Councillor Mallon being interviewed on the BBC in front of the light projections