Thousands could flock to Morecambe’s Vintage day

Wayne Hemingway outside The Midland Hotel with a 1923 Sunbeam 14.
Wayne Hemingway outside The Midland Hotel with a 1923 Sunbeam 14.
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If Morecambe gets a fraction of the 150,000 who visited Preston for Wayne Hemingway’s Vintage Festival in 2012, then this Saturday could be the busiest in town for years.

No wonder nostalgia fans are calling for local folk to come along and sample the sights and sounds of Hemingway’s Vintage-by-the-Sea event. The one-day festival, centred around the Midland hotel, will celebrate music, fashion, film, art, dance, food and design from the last 80 years.

A nostalgic lineup is promised including:

*A vintage marketplace selling vintage clothes, accessories and memorabilia

*A Guys and Dolls boutique with vintage hair and beauty makeovers

* A 1930s Afternoon Tea Dance with dance tuition by Anthony Padgett

*Classic vehicles

*Vintage street food

*Craft workshops

*Street theatre

*A ‘Soul Casino’ night of Northern Soul, funk, disco, classic soul, mod, house with DJs Colin Curtis, Snowboy and Wayne & Jack Hemingway at the Winter Gardens

Hemingway’s Vintage Days are renowned for pulling big crowds all over the UK.

The vintage marketplace will sell couture labels from the 1920s through to the 1980s, with items changing hands for anything from £5 to £500.

A 1930s and ‘40s night of music and dance at the Midland, called ‘The Torch Club’, has already sold out at a ticket price of £65 per head.

“Anything this big that comes to Morecambe, we have to embrace it,” said Amanda Cruse, proprietor of the Dotty’s Vintage shop on the prom.

“It’s something a bit different. Hopefully if it’s a success he’ll do it again next year. This is the last big event in Morecambe before winter sets in and it’s going to be great.”

The Midland’s Rotunda Bar will also be transformed into a ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll venue with guest DJ appearances from Joseph Kondras and Matthew Whitehouse of Morecambe band The Heartbreaks.

Joseph and Matthew will also serve classic ice creams, as a nod to our seaside glory days. The young rockers are ice cream experts, because they used to work for Lewis’s!

“The 50s and 60s have had such a profound influence on the clothes we wear, the music we listen to and the music we make,” said Joseph.

“To pay homage to it at an event such as this in our hometown will be a real joy.”

Hemingway, who was born and grew up in Morecambe, said: “The Midland is a very special hotel and it feels right for us to bring a pop-up version of our Vintage Festival experience to help celebrate this iconic building’s landmark 80th birthday year.”