Morecambe’s first ever Vintage-by-the-Sea festival was a rousing success for the town.
Thousands upon thousands of visitors from all over the country packed into the Midland Hotel to enjoy a day celebrating the music, food and fashion of the 20th century.
People dressed in vintage clothes, danced to old-time music, browsed dozens of vintage stalls and milled around taking in the cosmopolitan and colourful atmosphere in the Midland car park.
Wayne Hemingway, Morecambe-born designer and main organiser of the event, said: “It couldn’t have gone any better.”
Councillor June Ashworth, mayor of Lancaster, said: “This is what we need more of in Morecambe.”
The weather stayed fine for the entire festival, which was held on Saturday in and around the town’s beautiful art deco hotel.
A 1930s ball in the evening, called ‘The Torch Club’, sold out at £65 a ticket.
The grand finale of the festival 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.
Hemingway plans to bring Vintage-by-the-Sea back to Morecambe next September and expand it to two days.
We will have full reaction and photos of the festival in this week’s Visitor.
In the meantime we hope you enjoy our video giving a flavour of Saturday’s fantastic event.
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