Festival serves up good vintages

Vintage fashion, which will be on display at Newbiggin's Easter by the Sea festival.
Vintage fashion, which will be on display at Newbiggin's Easter by the Sea festival.

Collectors, car owners and traders are queuing up to take part in Vintage Newbiggin’s Easter by the Sea festival.

Members of the North of England’s Classic and Pre-War Automobiles Association have been signing up to a rally that will parade through the town at 10.30am on Easter Monday.

A 1932 Austin Ascot, a 1952 Citroen Traction Avant and, weather permitting, a 1928 Ford Phaeton will be among the cars on show.

Committee member Tom Thompson said: “This is the first rally of the 2015 season and it will be great to see some of the cars come out from their winter storage.

“Members are looking forward to a day at the seaside and to showing their cars off to vintage and classic car enthusiasts.”

Easter Monday will also see the town host a series of vintage markets.

Traders from as far afield as Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lancashire are joining local businesses in bringing vintage collectibles of all kinds to retro fans and collectors.

One of the venues will host a vintage wedding fair. Brides and Grooms can find everything they need to give their big day a romantic vintage theme.

The Little Vintage Wedding Company Director Amber Black said: “We help couples find vintage suppliers for every aspect of their big day from stationary to singers, outfits to wedding cars.

“We are delighted to be using Newbiggin’s old St Mark’s Church to showcase some of the lovely and often quirky options that couples have to make their day unique, romantic and special.”

Other venues will host traders selling vintage and vintage-inspired goods.

Artily Events, which organises monthly craft fairs in Newbiggin, has been impressed by both the quality and quantity of dealers that want to take part.

Partner Joanne McGarry said: “This is a first for Newbiggin and we have been astonished at the number of businesses wanting to join in and just how far they are willing to travel.

“The variety of goods on offer will ensure that there is something for everyone, and, taken along with everything else going on in the town on Easter Monday, makes Newbiggin a perfect place to spend the bank holiday.”

Newbiggin Town Team Chairman Lynn Burns said: “Newbiggin already has three vintage shops so we knew that there is a local interest, but the extent of the response from the wider region has been impressive.

“There is so much enthusiasm for this event and we are really looking forward to seeing everyone together in all their vintage finery.”

The Vintage Car Rally will parade through the town at 10.30am on Easter Monday. Cars will then park in the town for the rest of the day. The vintage markets will open their doors to the public at 11am.

Anyone wanting to be part of either event should email happeningupnorth@gmail.com for details.