DOZENS of windows in East Oxford will be illuminated with multi-coloured designs this weekend.

Residents in Florence Park have been busy transforming their windows with tissue paper and cardboard to create an eye-catching trail spread across 12 streets for people to explore.

The first Florence Park Window Walkabout will take place over three evenings starting from Friday.

Organiser Jane Gallagher said she had been inspired by similar events across the UK called 'Window Wanderland'.

She explained: "I saw pictures on Facebook and thought it would be a fantastic thing to do here.

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"People create a design in their window and then leave a light shining through so those walking on the street can see it.

"It's just such a simple way to bring joy during winter with everybody able to get involved."

Ms Gallagher, who has lived in Florence Park for 20 years, added: "People don't have to be artistic at all to take part.

"We've had some people using black card to make silhouettes and tissue paper for colour but you can use anything that you can shine light through."

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Residents have decorated and will light up their windows between 6pm and 9pm for the three nights so anyone who wants to can walk about and enjoy the colourful displays.

Those who have signed up to decorate their windows have also been added to a special walkabout map, so people know where to head.

On Friday there will be a launch evening at the Florence Park Community Centre, with food available and the bar open from 6pm.

People will also be able to pick up a copy of the map at the event.

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Ms Gallagher said there had been a positive response to the idea, with more than 20 people attending a free window decorating workshop at the community centre on Saturday.

She said: "We had people from aged two to 86 taking part in that session. When I first moved to Florence Park there weren't many community activities but there have been more and more.

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"I think people are craving community and this is a way of everyone coming together."

She added: "Hopefully, if this goes well, it will become an annual tradition.

"We're going to have 36 windows for the first one spread across 12 streets which I think is a pretty good start."

The event is being supported by Chamberlain Evans.

Maps will be available online from Friday on as well as at the community centre.

Window Wanderland was started by set designer Lucy Reeves Khan in Bristol in 2015 inspired by her personal experience of isolation due to years of chronic illness. Her aim was to encourage people to explore their community and come together.