Vintage Day is a Batley classic

Vintage Day is a Batley classic

A SPITFIRE capped Batley’s first Vintage Day last Saturday as thousands of people packed the town centre.

The classic Second World War fighter plane soared over Market Place and the Memorial Garden.

It did so as revellers enjoyed live music, 30 specialist vintage stalls, played old school sports and watched a display of military vehicles.

The event, which covered the 1920s to the 1950s, was attended by up to 10,000 people over the day.

Batley Business and Retailers’ Association chairman Andrew Marsden spent six months helping organising the bash.

Kirklees Council’s Batley, Birstall and Birkenshaw Area Committee gave a grant of £11,915 towards the running costs.

A collection was held in aid of the Batley Food Bank with the slogan ‘bring a tin to get in’.

Mr Marsden said: “Words cannot describe seeing the Spitfire. It came so low over the Market Place.

“The event was fantastic and exceeded all our expectations. It was great to see that many people enjoying themselves.

“And hopefully we’ve put Batley on the map. People who didn’t know the town existed have been here now.”

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