Lowestoft care home set to host popular vintage fair

A flashback to last year�'s vintage fair at Kirkley Manor in Kirkley Park Road. Picture: Courtesy of

A flashback to last year�'s vintage fair at Kirkley Manor in Kirkley Park Road. Picture: Courtesy of Kingsley Healthcare - Credit: Archant

A Lowestoft nursing home will be stepping back in time when it hosts its second vintage fair.

Staff and residents at Kirkley Manor in Kirkley Park Road will be donning outfits from the 1940s, 50s and 60s for a vintage fashion parade from 1pm to 4pm on Saturday, July 8

There will also be vintage entertainment, stalls selling bric-a-brac and vintage items, refreshments and a display of vintage vehicles – including scooters from the era of the Mods.

Waveney District councillor and professional auctioneer Stephen Ardley will be conducting a charity auction with local businesses donating a variety of items.

Kirkley's activities co-ordinator Carole Cook said: 'People will have the chance to bid for everything from riding lessons and a £50 tattoo voucher to meals out and spa days. Companies have been very generous so far but we would love to see more items donated as it is such a good cause.'

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Proceeds from the event will be split between the residents' fund to support extra activities and Lowestoft Riding for the Disabled run by Tessa Hardy at Pakefield Riding School.

'Tessa will again be bringing one of her horses along to our event,' said Mrs Cook.

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She said the idea for the vintage theme came from Kirkley's residents, many of whom are living with dementia.

'Last year's event proved really popular with local people and we hoping for an even bigger turnout this time,' she added. 'Vintage fashion is very popular with younger people.'

Members of Lowestoft Classic Car Club will be putting their vehicles on show; Mrs Cook is still keen to hear from other owners of vintage cars and motorbikes to increase the size of the display. Contact her at the home on 01502 573054.

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