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Colchester's celebratory Oyster Feast

Date issued: 17 October 2017

Colchester's traditional Oyster Feast will take place in the Town Hall, on Friday 27 October 2017.

Since it was first held in 1845, the Oyster Feast has celebrated Colchester's rich heritage and sense of community, and is now a major part of the town's civic calendar.

This year the Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Gerard Oxford, will be joined in the Moot Hall by specially invited guest speakers: the former jockey and Grand National winner Bob Champion; local historian Trudie Mundell who taught at the Gilberd School for more than 20 years, and Sally Leung, Head Teacher of Montgomery School, the driving force behind one of the town's longest-running musical traditions, Colchester Schools Music Festival at Charter Hall, and a member of Colchester Operatic Society.

Among the Mayor's other invited guests are representatives from Colchester's twin town, Wetzler, Lord Lieutenant of Essex Mrs Jenny Tolhurst, the High Sherriff of Essex Mr Simon Hall MBE, High Steward of Colchester Sir Bob Russell, and Garrison Commander Lt Col Stephen J Caldwell.

The Town Watch will greet arriving guests and, in time-honoured custom, the Mayor will join attendees in sampling the Borough's famous oysters.

The Mayor and Mayoress, said: "The annual Oyster Feast is a wonderful day for Colchester. It is an honour to be part of the event and we look forward to sharing and celebrating with our invited guests representing local and overseas connections to the town."

Dinner at the Oyster Feast will be provided by Milsoms Le Talbooth and the music this year will be provided by organist Ian Ray, ukulele band The D'Ukes, harpist Mary Anne Barclay, and in the Minstrel's Gallery KESED BAND.

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