Morecambe set for £1m vintage boost

Last year's Morecambe Vintage-by-the-Sea. Picnic time - Rupert, Mandy, Lily and Florence Fox.
Last year's Morecambe Vintage-by-the-Sea. Picnic time - Rupert, Mandy, Lily and Florence Fox.

More than 20,000 people will flock to Morecambe from all over Britain to celebrate everything vintage – boosting the town’s economy by £1m.

The second Vintage-by-the-Sea festival was officially announced this week and chief organiser, Morecambe-born Wayne Hemingway, said it will be bigger and better than last year’s smash hit debut.

This year’s trip down memory lane has been extended 
to two days – Saturday, September 6 and Sunday, September 7.

An RAF Lancaster fly-past above Morecambe Bay, the first ever classic car boot sale outside London, a nostalgic dog show, a vintage cycle ride, and a 1980s/1990s revival house and dance music night at the Winter Gardens are some of the events being mooted.

“It will be more than twice as big as last year,” said Mr Hemingway, whose vintage festivals have been a hot ticket all over the UK.

“If we get dry weather then I would hope we get more than 10,000 people and we could get even more than that.

“We’ll be bringing people in on vintage buses from other towns.

“The festival will have a much bigger presence in Morecambe and the presence on the promenade will be significant.

“There will be more vintage cars, more diverse food, an outdoor stage and more things to do.”

Backed financially by Lancaster City Council and Morecambe Town Council, the event celebrates the music, fashion, film, art, design and dance from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Last September’s successful debut drew 7,000 people to the Midland and the Winter Gardens in one day.

A vintage clothes market, food stalls, 1920s dance lessons and hairdressers giving vintage makeovers were some of the free events at last year’s event.

Ticketed events such as the ‘Soul Casino’ soul and funk night at the Winter Gardens, and a 1930s and ‘40s ball at the Midland will return in 2014.

There will also be a celebration of rock ‘n’ roll called ‘Let It Rock’ at The Platform.

Mr Heimgway has called for local businesses, craftspeople and anyone who wants to get involved to contact the organisers.

“We would still like people to come forward who can provide free entertainment with a vintage element, people with specialist record collections who wants to DJ for an hour on the seafront, anybody with access to vintage vehicles, and anyone with ideas of how we could do something vintage on the water itself,” said Mr Hemingway, whose wife Gerardine and son Jack will assist him at Vintage-by-the-Sea.

Mr Hemingway also teased that his firm Hemingway Design are about to work on another un-named project in Morecambe.

“It’s a very interesting concept with social benefits, but we haven’t signed the contract yet,” he said.

Tickets for paid-for events at Vintage-by-the-Sea will go on sale on March 3 at

If you would like to get involved with the festival, email