ABOUT 4,000 people turned out at Oxford’s Florence Park for a festival to celebrate its 80th anniversary.

Visitors enjoyed live music, a dog show and sports demonstrations while children took part in games and activities at Saturday’s event.

There was also a photo exhibition about the history of the park, which opened in 1934 to serve the new Florence Park housing estate.

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Former teacher Rosann Butler tells people about the history of Florence Park and the surrounding area

The Morris Minor Owners Club displayed cars and fire engines from the 1930s.

Blackbird Leys resident Mollie Puleiy, attended with children Adrian, four, Serah , three, and three-month-old Edgar, said: “It was fantastic and would be great to see more events there throughout the year.”

Adrian said: “I really enjoyed going in the fire engine and ringing the bells.”

Sister Serah added: “I got to ride on a white horse. I didn’t find it scary.”

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From left, Leo Noble, six, Joseph Noble, four, and Conor Brown, four, enjoy themselves

Organiser Sara Reevell, treasurer for the Friends of Florence Park, said: “There was beautiful weather and the park was full with people.

“It was exactly what we wanted to achieve in celebrating its history. The park is gorgeous with brilliant play areas and lovely tree-lined avenues.

“There’s a lot of pride building in our estate and we would like to establish it annually.”

East Oxford children’s song writer Nick Cope performed and said: “We should open up our parks more often in Oxford.”

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