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Wymondham winds back the clock at third annual Vintage Day

PUBLISHED: 16:45 09 September 2018 | UPDATED: 20:32 09 September 2018

Leanna Knight and Kirsty Thompson in 1940s style at Wymondham Vintage Day. Picture: Simon Parkin

Leanna Knight and Kirsty Thompson in 1940s style at Wymondham Vintage Day. Picture: Simon Parkin

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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 out in force at Wymondham Vintage Day. Picture: Simon ParkinCrowds out in force at Wymondham Vintage Day. Picture: Simon Parkin

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.

More than 140 classic vehicles featured at Wymondham Vintage Day. Picture: Simon ParkinMore than 140 classic vehicles featured at Wymondham Vintage Day. Picture: Simon Parkin

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.

Norfolk Fire Museum volunteer Chris Bonnick with 1882 carriage from Wymondham Fire Brigade. Picture Simon ParkinNorfolk Fire Museum volunteer Chris Bonnick with 1882 carriage from Wymondham Fire Brigade. Picture Simon Parkin

“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.

The butcher van from Dad's Army at Wymondham Vintage Day. Picture: Simon ParkinThe butcher van from Dad's Army at Wymondham Vintage Day. Picture: Simon Parkin

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.

Stalls at the Market Cross as part of Wymondham Vintage Day. Picture: Simon ParkinStalls at the Market Cross as part of Wymondham Vintage Day. Picture: Simon Parkin

“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.

Vintage vehicles from the 1920s to the 80s featured at Wymondham Vintage Day. Picture: Simon ParkinVintage vehicles from the 1920s to the 80s featured at Wymondham Vintage Day. Picture: Simon Parkin

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.”

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