Vintage ambulance kick starts village day of fun

The Launton Village Players sang show classics at the Fete. Pictures: OX60164 Greg Blatchford

The Rev Becky Mathew arrives in a former Army ambulance Land Rover, driven by Keith Fisher

First published in News

THANKFULLY the ambulance that arrived at Launton Fete on Saturday wasn’t there to whisk pregnant vicar Becky Mathew away, but to start the fun.

The Rev Mathew arrived at Launton Sports and Social Club in a 1965 Land Rover field ambulance at the annual event before opening the festivities helped by kids’ favourite Peppa Pig.

There was a host of stalls and games, a performance of Shakespeare’s Tempest by children from Launton School, music from Launton Players, and Bicester’s ATC band.

The Rev Mathew, who is eight months pregnant, said the ambulance was more comfortable than last year’s Only Fools and Horses three-wheeler. She said: “The fete was brilliant. We had good weather and a lot of folk came through the gate. Everyone enjoyed themselves, there was a lot of good humour.”

The day, which included a flypast by RAF Dakotas, raised £3,000 to for the church.

It has suffered since thieves stole lead from the roof last April. The roof is now fully-alarmed.

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