5,000 pack in for ‘amazing’ Morecambe Vintage Day

Vintage by the Sea Festival at The Midland Hotel, Morecambe. Blanca Callen, Linda Smalley and Jonnet Middleton were making Morecambe the meding Mecca of the north with their "Save Our Socks" darning kits!
Vintage by the Sea Festival at The Midland Hotel, Morecambe. Blanca Callen, Linda Smalley and Jonnet Middleton were making Morecambe the meding Mecca of the north with their "Save Our Socks" darning kits!
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What a fantastic day!

The first Morecambe Vintage-by-the-Sea festival has been hailed as a glorious triumph for the town.

Saturday’s event drew at least 5,000 visitors from right across the country who packed into the Midland Hotel to celebrate the music, food and fashion of the 20th century.

People dressed in vintage clothes, danced to old-time music, browsed dozens of stalls and milled around taking in the cosmopolitan and colourful atmosphere in the Midland car par where attractions included vintage cars, Punch and Judy and a flea circus.

Hotels had ‘fully booked’ signs up all over town on Saturday night.

Local businesses including Potts Pies, Lancaster Brewery and the ‘Every Day is Like Sundae’ ice cream van did a roaring trade on the Midland car park, as did Dotty’s Vintage clothes shop on Marine Road West. A 1930s ball in the evening, called ‘The Torch Club’, sold out at £65 a ticket.

The grand finale saw Morecambe’s Winter Gardens transformed into a throwback of Northern Soul nights at the Wigan Casino and Blackpool Mecca.

Five hundred tickets were sold for the ‘Soul Casino’ at the old theatre, where Hemingway himself and his son Jack were amongst the DJs who packed the dancefloor with a five-hour set of soul and funk classics.

Matt Stanaway, manager of the Midland, said the event was “amazing” and Councillor June Ashworth, mayor of Lancaster, said: “This is what we need more of in Morecambe.”

See our video section for more on the Vintage day.