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Vintage Suitcase returns with summer fair at Uttoxeter Racecourse

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ALL things vintage will be returning to the town’s racecourse to offer some unique summer treats following a success Christmas fair.

Gemma Miller and Allison Elkes, of The Vintage Suitcase, will be back at Uttoxeter Racecourse with The Summer of Vintage Festival on Saturday, August 2 from noon to 8pm.

Alongside their winning formula of handpicked vintage and handmade traders, their Uttoxeter event will see the addition of street food vendors in converted vintage vehicles and an outdoor stage with live music.

In a busy year for the businesswomen, they have also been nominated for the Breakthrough Business award at this year’s National Vintage Awards, to be held in Birmingham.

Ms Miller said: “2013 was a phenomenal year for us and we attracted more than 5,000 visitors to our vintage events. We’ve always loved the vintage scene and it seems that people just can’t get enough of it right now.

“So we hit on the idea of creating our own Summer of Vintage Festival right here in Staffordshire so people can enjoy a whole day of vintage shopping, great food and live music.

“We’re very lucky to have Bexi Owen, winner of Best Performer at the National Vintage Awards, headline our outdoor stage along with The Modern Affair, The Volcanoes and Jayne Darling.

“Visitors will also have the chance to learn how to Lindy Hop courtesy of Groove Academy who will be providing dance lessons throughout the day.”

The vintage traders setting up stalls on the day generally deal in clothing, furniture, homewares and memorabilia from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Ms Elkes added: “We are bringing an eclectic mix of authentic vintage clothing for men and women, re-worked clothing and vintage inspired pieces.

“As well as day spent browsing the vintage stalls, visitors can treat themselves to a retro style make over in our hair and beauty parlour or even afternoon tea in our full vintage tearoom.

“We haven’t forgotten about the younger vintage lovers either as we’ll also have vintage style fairground rides, retro games for them to play with and a whole area where they can get crafty and creative.”

Early bird tickets cost £3 and are available at www.seetickets.com. Gate price will be £5 with children under 14 free when accompanied by an adult.

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