OXFORD welcomed an international cat competition in June 2013.

More than 200 felines took part in the International Cat Association-affiliated event, which was held at Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre.

Organiser Jeannine Parfitt said at the time: “It is something I have been interested in for a few years and as time went on I thought it would be great to put on a cat show in Oxford.

“It is quite a competitive hobby. People come from all around the world to compete their cats against each other.”

Jane Allen, one of the six judges, said: “What makes a good cat is a huge combination of things. Each has a breed standard and it would have to be a cat which almost perfectly fits that standard.”

Among the many exotic breeds taking part were a Kurilian Bobtail, Ragdoll, Toyger, Cymric, Nebalung, Norwegian Forest and Korat.

We’re really excited to launch ‘We Grew Up in Oxford‘, a new online community for everyone who loves our great city. In our new Facebook group, we’ll be delving into the archives - both recent and older - to bring you memories of what it was like growing up and living here through the years.

We hope you’ll join us and get involved in the project, and remember to let us know what memories from your glory days you want to see in the group. We Grew Up in Oxford, so now it’s time to celebrate that. See you there!