Sleek sophistication and Royal robes at Wolterton

Taking a step back in time where sleek sophisticated and perfectly polished are the order of the day.

This year marks the 12th annual Costume and Textile Fair taking place at Wolterton Hall owned by Lord and Lady Walpole, on September 15 and 16 from 10.30am to 5pm.

The theme of the event is 1950s retro chic to complement the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, with proceeds from the fair helping to conserve costumes at Norfolk museums.

Lady Walpole said: 'We have done a lot of different themes, having a different one each year, the first year was patchwork, we have also had the themes of children, and work wear with Aprons to Ermine.'

The fair this year includes stalls selling vintage clothes, textiles and jewellery, and displays of knitting, crochet crafts and 1950s textiles. There will also be a 1950s fashion show.


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Included in the fair is a 'Coronation Corner' which will include memorabilia from the 1953 Coronation and a display of the robes worn by Lady Walpole's mother-in-law when she attended the Queen's coronation.

Most of the clothes being modelled in the fashion show have been donated by the Sheringham Community Wardrobe, which is run by volunteers.

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Lady Walpole said last year more than �2,000 went from the event to help with the new Bridewell Museum in Norwich which re-opened after a �1.5m refurbishment last month .

The event also each year has a charity which money is being raised for.

Corrine Youngs, who is one of those helping with the fair said: 'Over the years we have helped many different groups such as Norwich and Norfolk Association for the Blind Norfolk, a Cambodian Children's Hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the lifeboats.'

As part of the fair this year an appeal has been made for home-made home comforts to sell on one of the stalls. Items from the stall will raise money for the Rosemary Group, a Norfolk group for women with secondary cancer.

So far there have been many weird and wonderful designs sent in, ranging from bottle to egg cosies and more designs are still needed for the event.

Home Comfort items should be sent to Corinne Youngs at Ash Tree Farm, Baconsthorpe, 01265 577263 preferably by September 1st.

Enquiries about the fair should be made to Mannington and Wolterton Estate on 01263 584175/768444, or via the email address admin@walpoleestate.co.uk

The Rosemary Group can be contacted on 07766851178 or via the Big C Centre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital on 01603 286112. Home comfort items should not be sent to the Big C Centre.

An Organics Garden Day is also taking place at the hall on Sunday. September 16.

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