MINI skirts at the ready – the 24th annual Christmas street fair in Didcot will be swinging as the town welcomes in the festive period with a 1960s theme.

Featuring tribute acts, a parade, entertainers and a fun fair, the event will be rocking all over the town centre from 4pm until 9pm tomorrow.

Organiser Jeanette Howse, of Didcot events, said that the theme was chosen because the 60s was 'a special decade for the town.'

She said: "The Didcot Railway Centre and lots of notable shops opened around that time, so we saw it as a great opportunity to celebrate the town and the decade."

Two stages will be set up by the Orchard Centre and in Broadway.

The music starts with a rock choir at 5pm performing renditions of Motown hits.

They will be followed by Colin Blunstone, the lead singer from the 60s band 'The Zombies', who had hits such as 'She's Not There' and 'Time of the Season'.

Mr Blunstone will officially open the event at 5.45 pm and will be available to greet and talk to fans.

The programme will then continue with Tony Prince 'The Royal Ruler', a former programme controller and DJ with Radio Luxembourg.

He will be joining the Street Fair to launch his new digital radio station D-LuxRadio which will go live on January 1.

The evening rounds off with a few sing-alongs as Dirty Bizzness play Beatles covers at 7.45 pm followed by the UK's premier Rolling Stones and The Who cover band 'Who Stoned Who' at 8.30 pm.

The second stage in the Broadway outside Boots will give a place to talent from the town, including the its new choir Vocalize and Elvis tribute singer Brian Davis.

Mrs Howse said: "We think it's going to be one of the best street fairs yet.

"It gets bigger and bigger every year.

"There's no better way to bring in the Christmas season."

The event will also feature traders and craftspeople holding stalls along the Broadway with funfairs and food and drink sellers.

A parade with more than 150 walkers, musicians and entertainers with famous 60s vintage cars including Herbie will set off at 7pm from the Civic Hall and reach the Lower Broadway at 7.30 pm.