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Summer of Vintage Festival at Uttoxeter Racecourse is a 'huge success'

By Uttoxeter Advertiser  |  Posted: August 05, 2014

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VINTAGE fans have flocked to Uttoxeter Racecourse as they stepped back in time to grab a bargain.

The Vintage Festival of Summer hit the Wood Lane venue with a bang, with not even the rain stopping visitors from making the event a 'huge success'.

Attractions included vintage cars, a tea room, clothes and furnishings, food vendors and some unique items which shoppers could not find anywhere else.

Visitors were also treated to entertainment from singers and bands, as well as having the chance to learn some new dance moves such as the lindy hop and a little rockabilly.

For those really wanting to go all out to get the vintage look there was the opportunity to get hair and make-up done to match the array of outfits on offer.

Gemma Miller, who runs Vintage Suitcase with former Thomas Alleyne's High School pupil Allison Elkes, told the Advertiser the crowds poured in all day and they were busy right up until kicking-out time.

She said: "It was amazing and madness at the same time. It all worked really well and we are so pleased with it.

"Everyone really seemed to enjoy the bands and the dance class went down really well. We had the traders and guests taking part in the half-hour dance slots.

"It was bedlam in the tea room as it was that popular, and they had run out of cake by around 5pm. It was just manic – which was brilliant.

"We had a really nice cross-section of people coming along, from families with kids to those who were dressed in all out vintage, which was fabulous. We set out to achieve that and it is what we did.

"We also had entertainment for the children as we wanted them to be involved as well.

"We could not be more pleased with how it went and I am already starting to think about what to do next year."

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