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Shirt Races in 1955, c1965 and 1989

  • BCA - 2022.3823
  • Part
  • 1955 1989

These three pictures show the Shirt Race over several years. The first race ever took place in 1953 to celebrate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. All the contestants wore long night shirts hence the name.
The children's race is seen by the bridge in Buckland Road. In those days the race started by The Swan Inn just beyond the bridge on the left.
In later years, the night shirts were done away with and with fewer and fewer prams available, the modes of transport have varied and the costumes are now so good there is a competition before the races to judge the best one.

Janet Rouse

Shirt Race in 1983

  • BCA - 2021.2547
  • Item
  • 1983

Although the caption talks about a 'Street Fayer' the picture is actually of Jim Smith and Martin Barber in fancy dress for the Shirt Race organised annually by the SPAJERS ie the Society for the Preservation of Ancient Junketing. The society organises fun things to raise money for the senior citizens of Bampton and Lew.

Bampton Community Archive

Shirt Race Bampton

  • BCA - 2022.3924
  • Item
  • 2000?

2 photos taken by Bill Govier of participants in Shirt Race held on Whit Saturday
Tommy Tanner and John Shuker on bicycles tied together

Janet Westman

Shirt Race and Morris Dancing Whitsun 1985

  • BCA - 2020.2441
  • Item
  • Whitsun 1985

Over the Bank Holiday weekend at Whitsun 1985. Ian Baker and Ivan Lomas won the fancy dress competition held prior to the Shirt Race. Reg Hall enjoyed a pint between playing on the Monday. Terry Rouse danced in as the fool outside the Horse Shoe.

Bampton Community Archive

Queen Elizabth II Jubilee Celebrations 2022

  • BCA - 2022.3963
  • Item
  • 2022

Advertisement detailing celebrations in the Village for the 70th Jubilee of the Queen. June 2nd - June 5th. Included the Shirt Race and Morris Dancing which usually took place on May Bank Holiday weekend. Organised by Parish Council

Janet Westman

May Bank Holiday festivities in Bampton

  • BCA - 2021.2609
  • Item
  • 1974

Bampton always has a weekend filled with fun and laughter over the late May Bank Holiday. These cuttings talk about the Shirt Race and the Morris Dancing.
In one of the cuttings you can also read about

  1. An exhibition of Arts and Crafts in the Town Hall
  2. Cancer Research Bampton branch raising funds
  3. The Community Fete organised by the Royal British Legion in the afternoon of Bank Holiday Monday
  4. The Pumpkin Club which held a Tramps' Supper in the Cotswold Hotel on the Saturday night after the Shirt Race

Nik Stanbridge

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