Batley plans a vintage day out

Batley plans a vintage day out

BATLEY will be turning back the clock next Saturday when 'Vintage Day' takes over the town centre – and the skies above it.

The free event, organised by the Batley Business Association and supported by Kirklees, is a celebration of all things vintage between 1900 and 1959, with dancing, stalls, sports activities, workshops, food and drink all on offer.

One of the high points will be, weather permitting, a flypast from arguably one of the most iconic vintage aircraft of all times, a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Running from 10am to 5pm, in the Market Place there will be a specialist vintage fair  with stalls of vintage clothing, homewares, crockery and collectables.

There will also be live music with performances from Natasha Harper, Lula and the Bebops, the Honeybirds, Jayne Darling and Ricky Hunter, all compered by entertainer Paul Harper.

The library is to host free workshops featuring classes in vintage arts and crafts such as rag rugging, vintage style and fashion, make do and mend, and you can even get vintage hair and make-up tips.

The memorial gardens will be home to a vintage sports area, with old sports day favourites such as egg and spoon and sack races.

A NAAFI tent will also be set up in the gardens, with music and dancing all day courtesy of Big George and the Andersons, plus Major Swing and Kitty.

There will be dance demonstrations for newcomers, while those with two left feet can get a drink and a cake from the NAAFI ladies and sit back and enjoy the show.

Added to this will be a wide range of military and civilian vintage vehicles situated  through the town centre, ration book show cooking and re-enactors.

Organisers are supporting Batley Foodbank through next Saturday's event and are asking people to “bring a tin to get in”.

The activities are all free but visitors are asked to find a tin of food from their kitchen cupboard and leave it in one of their collection boxes.

For more information www.batleyvintageday.co.uk.

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