Morecambe vintage festival back even bigger than before

Sophia Bowden admires a classic car at last year's festival.
Sophia Bowden admires a classic car at last year's festival.
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The acclaimed Morecambe vintage festival will return this autumn even bigger than last year.

Co-organiser Wayne Hemingway says he hopes Vintage-by-the-Sea 2015 can top the previous event which drew more than 40,000 people to the resort.

The designer and TV personality has added extra attractions to pull in even more lovers of nostalgia to Morecambe seafront.

The event, which celebrates British culture of the 1920s to the 1990s, will be held on Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6 in and around the Midland Hotel and Winter Gardens.

Mr Hemingway said: “It’s going to be a little bit bigger than last year, with extra bars and food, more cars, the Bradford to Morecambe car rally, basically the same as last year...but bigger. Being born in Morecambe, it means a lot personally to me to be able to bring our Vintage Festival to the town and see so many people flocking to the seafront.

“Festivals like Vintage-by-the-Sea can do so much for the wellbeing of a place and add a feel good factor that spreads far beyond the local community. . There is already a waiting list for the Torch Club (dance at the Midland). Last year people were disappointed they couldn’t go to things so please get your tickets early.”

Morecambe-based organisation, Deco Publique, will co-organise the festival, along with Lancaster City Council and Hemingway Design’s Vintage Festival team, led by Mr Hemingway, his wife Gerardine and son Jack. Morecambe Town Council has also backed the event.

Events will include exclusive DJ sets, classic car shows, air displays, catwalk shows, food and cocktails, hair and beauty makeovers and vintage shopping.

Popular attractions from 2014 such as the RouteMaster Bar Bus, the Charity Shop DJ, the Vintage Pooch Parade, the Vintage bike ride and roving characters like Viv the Spiv will return this year.

Club nights at the Winter Gardens, which last year featured house and soul music, will be finalised shortly.

The Torch Club Ball this year will have a wartime theme. To book a ticket, an afternoon tea package or accommodation at the Midland during the festival weekend call 08456 015478.

For more information on the programme and to sign up for the newsletter visit the Vintage website www.vintagefestival.co.uk/events/vintage-by-the-sea.