09:48 Tuesday 10 December 2013

Visitors flock to vintage fair at town racecourse


ALL things vintage were welcomed to the Uttoxeter Racecourse for a retro fair and exhibition.

A Very Vintage Christmas, an event ran by the Vintage Suitcase company, held the event on Saturday and Sunday.

Former Thomas Alleyne’s pupil Allison Elkes and her business partner, Gemma Miller, run the firm.

Visitors enjoyed a huge array of authentic vintage clothing, stalls featuring hand-made Christmas gifts, live music from 1940s-inspired singers and a traditional vinyl DJ.

Old-fashioned fairground rides were set up for younger visitors to the Wood Lane venue.

Allison and Gemma also provided a ‘pop-up vintage salon’, where visitors treated themselves to vintage-style makeovers.

Gemma said: “We’ve had a fantastic weekend bringing our event to Uttoxeter Racecourse.

“It was very well supported from both the local residents and vintage fans who had travelled further afield to join us, many of whom booked into local hotels and made a weekend of it.

“We are starting to see lots of regular visitors to our fairs which shows just what a strong place we hold within the vintage community.

“We started to see queues at the turnstiles from lunch time on the Saturday and lots of our traders had to dash home in the evening and replenish their stock so we saw lots of happy faces from both our stall holders and our many visitors.

“One of the highlights of the weekend was the live music in our vintage tearoom which saw nearly every table full each day.

“We’re looking forward to returning to the racecourse in 2014 to build on our success and bring even bigger and better fairs to Uttoxeter.”

Allison said “We’ve had a fantastic response to our events in Derbyshire over the summer, but it’s especially exciting for me to bring such a big event to my home town.”

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