ANDREW, Deborah and James Oram had doubts about this eerie figure approaching them at Oxford Town Hall.

It was, however, a Hallowe’en bazaar and Dorothy Tombs was in charge of the witches’ brew – tea.

Halloween may have been something of a damp squib for many families this year because of coronavirus, but in 1966, it gave the St John Ambulance Brigade the opportunity to raise money for its funds.

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Each division of the brigade in the county had a stall selling a variety of goods, including food, produce, books, stuffed toys, flowers and potted plants.

Part of the proceeds went towards new headquarters after the brigade lost its base in Church Street, St Ebbe’s, when the area was redeveloped.