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Revellers head to historic feast
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Daily hog roasts and a Victorian carousel are among attractions
Thousands of people are heading to an historic feast, kept alive by one family in an Oxfordshire town.

The Witney Feast starts for two days on Monday and features public hog roasts.

The fair first took place in 1243, held for two or three days following the first Sunday after 8 September, the day of the annual parish feast.

Organiser Emily Wilson told BBC News Online: "We will be roasting two pigs each day on the church green. It is a beautiful setting."

The Wilson family has been running the event for two generations after taking it over from the parish council.

Other highlights of this year's event include a rollercoaster and 100-year-old Victorian carousel.

In the Middle Ages, the fair was a place for Witney-dwellers to trade cattle, pigs, horses and cheese, a tradition which died out in the 1960s.

Meanwhile, a new town crier has been appointed in Faringdon, Oxfordshire.

Steven Smith, who lives in the town, beat seven other competitors at Faringdon's annual Heritage Day on Sunday.

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