4th April 2012 For immediate release
Jubilee celebrations in Saddleworth are sure to go with a swing thanks to ambitious plans for a vintage festival.
Central to the bank holiday weekend celebrations in June will be a 1950s themed Vintage and Handmade Fair showcasing the best in local vintage influenced designers, makers and manufacturers.
The event has been put together by local jewellery designer Samantha Mills along with makeup artist Lisa Gee and photographer Jude Gidney, who together run a vintage pamper party business, Lipgloss and Lenses.
“The fair and the festival are about marking the Queen’s Diamond Jubliee, but more importantly they are about celebrating the wealth of creative talent we have in the region,” said Lisa. “In these times of economic hardship it is more important than ever that we support our local creative businesses.”
The fair, at Uppermill Civic Hall on June 3rd, is being promoted as an official event of Craft and Design Month and is backed by Oldham Council. Key exhibitors already confirmed include internationally renowned Manchester jeweller Caroline Royal, Saddleworth based vintage furniture and boutique stationery company, Made With Love Designs Ltd and vintage reproduction clothing company Limb, based in Mossley.
Several exhibitors, including Delph’s Hazelnut Bakery, will be producing specially designed collections for the fair, influenced by the Jubilee and the 1950s
Additional events and entertainment are planned throughout Saddleworth during the weekend and will be confirmed soon. These will include a prize for the best vintage shop window display and the best-dressed visitor to the vintage fair. A number of workshops will take place throughout the day, including vintage hair and makeup demonstrations by Lipgloss and Lenses. A website has been set up to promote the event, www.saddleworthvintage.co.uk.
Lisa added: “This is not just a one-off event. We hope to build up a network of local creative and vintage businesses so that we can all support each other. If the fair and the festival are a success we will look at making it an annual event.”
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For further information or to arrange photographs or interviews please contact Lisa Gee, festival press officer, on 07771 553535
Notes to Editors:
The fair and festival website is www.saddleworthvintage.co.uk
Copies of the fair promotional photos are available by email from firstname.lastname@example.org