“Ride a cock horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse,
Rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes”.
(Pen & Ink Sketch by Barry Whitehouse of The Artery, Parsons Street, Banbury)
The above nursery rhyme is something which seems to be imprinted in all of our childhood brains – we don’t know why or how but we just know it.
Since working on the Visit Banbury project we have been told that people in America, New Zealand, Australia, Japan and many other places around the globe are taught this nursery rhyme as children and it’s fundamentally something which links our lovely town to the whole world.
(Japanese image courtesy of Becky Frost)
Late last night, another iconic lady from Banbury, Rosy Burke, posted on Facebook that today is the 10th anniversary of the wonderful fine lady statue which is right by Banbury Cross and an iconic symbol of our town today.
So here at Visit Banbury we thought that we should celebrate this 10th anniversary.
We are making today #FineLadyDayBanbury in Banbury.
We would like everyone to post their photos of the fine lady statue on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the above hashtag to showcase our wonderful statue and to celebrate those who worked so hard to get the fundraising done. We will then share them on our social media channels.
(thanks to Kate from the Visit Banbury team for the above photo)
Their efforts ensured that it could be there for all of us in the future as a symbol of our heritage and Worldwide impact.
So let’s have a fine celebration for our Fine Lady !
The Visit Banbury Team
(we know there is some debate about the origins and exact words but let’s not get into that today !)