Wymondham winds back the clock at third annual Vintage Day
PUBLISHED: 16:45 09 September 2018 | UPDATED: 20:32 09 September 2018
Smart seam-lines, sharp demob suits and uniforms were amongst the timeless fashions that mingled with classics of road to turn back the clock in Wymondham.
Crowds stepped back in time as the town’s third Vintage Day drew visitors to a mix of bygone charm, sights and sounds of yesterday, events and activities.
More than 140 vintage cars dating from the 1920s right up to the 1980s, the largest number so far at the now annual event, lined the streets, alongside motorcycles and vintage buses giving passengers tours of the town.
One highlight was the 1940s zone on Middleton Street featured the butcher’s van made famous in the television show Dad’s Army, being overseen by Captain Mainwaring, Lance Corporal Jones, Sergeant Wilson and Private Pike, as well as old-fashioned fire engines.
National Fire Museum volunteer Chris Bonnick was showing off a Wymondham Fire Brigade carriage dating from 1882. “It would have been either horse drawn and pulled through the streets by hand,” he said. “It took 22 men to pump it and if they didn’t have enough they used to pay people with beer tokens.
“It has been getting a lot of attention. It is nice for people to see something that is of real local interest.”
Meanwhile in the 1950s zone at the Baptist Church there was an American-style diner, live music, classic cars and children’s activities.
Many had come dressed in clothes from their favourite era. Leanna Knight, from Wymondham, and her friend Kirsty Thompson, from Norwich, had got into the spirit of the day with eye-catching vintage outfits.
She said: “I’m wearing a 1940s outfit today but normally I’m a 1950s rockabilly girl. I’ve loved vintage stuff for years. I used to be a pin-up model so it comes with that.
“I love the event and we’re having a great time. I love seeing people dressed from different periods from down the years.”
Regal Cinema at the Ex-Services Club at Friarscroft screened classic films for free, while there were vintage stalls and food stands and the Great Wymondham Cake Off competition.
Suzanne Nuri-Nixon, of Wymondham Town Team Vintage Day committee, said: “This is the third year of the event and we are learning something every year. This year we have grouped the classic vehicles in different areas because people wanted more food around the Market Cross.
“It’s great to see so many people enjoying it and considering it is so new it’s fantastic that it become so popular. It’s a real team effort to put together so we are proud of all the people who literally work on it all year in order to put it together.”