A CROWD of up to 20,000 people attended last Saturday’s second annual Batley Vintage Day.
The attendance was estimated at double last year’s event and puts it on a par with the long-established Mirfield Show.
Andrew Marsden, chairman of the Batley Business Association (BBA), was left stunned by the turnout.
He said: “We had our fingers crossed that we would exceed last year’s 10,000, but to achieve what we did was something else.
“The event was busy from the very beginning and was certainly everything we hoped for and more.”
A 1940s theme was crowned with a flyover from a RAF Dakota which was used during the D-Day landings.
There were also two stages of entertainment, more than 30 stalls, games and craft workshops and the Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Paul Kane, attended.
Mr Marsden said: “As soon as the music started at 10am the dancing began and didn’t stop until the end at 5pm.
“With music from the 20s right through to the 60s, there was something for everyone and always a crowd enjoying the show.”
He added: “In the memorial gardens there were vintage games, including hopscotch, hula-hooping and coconut shy.
“Visitors who made their way to the market area could admire the vintage vehicles on show.
Organisers thanked all those who attended, plus Batley’s Kirklees councillors for their financial and other backing.
Admiral security and K9 Security provided their stewarding services free.
Arts group Creative Scene was involved, as was Mark Milnes, who runs the Creative Arts Hub in Mirfield.
Fellow BBA member Sian Dawson, of the Reunion Cafe on Branch Road, said next year’s vintage day is pencilled in for Saturday, May 28.
She said: “To have doubled the footfall in only our second year was just incredible.
“The town was buzzing. It was great to see Batley so alive. Hopefully we can do even better next year.”
Pictures by Mike Clark