Monday, 26 January 2015

Vintage market looking for traders

Re-enactors at last year's event
The Wiltshire Armed Forces and Veterans' Celebrations in Trowbridge is a massive event and growing each year. As well as displays from the armed forces of the present day, there are masses of historic vehicles to be seen, including flypasts by classic aeroplanes, and a good number of re-enactment displays. (Last year's First World War trench, lines with photos of young men from the town who'd served, letters home and diary entries and, in many cases obituaries in the local paper, genuinely had me in tears.) This year's event has an RAF-led focus, so I'll have to go along, if only to get lots of photos for Papa Robot who was in the Air Force in the 1970s and 1980s.

This year the town is hosting a small vintage market as part of the event. The full event takes place on the 27th and 28th of June, though the market is on the 28th only. With pitches costing just £25 each, it looks like a great opportunity for small local businesses who don't have masses of spare cash for overheads, and I know from past experience that the town gets a LOT of visitors over that weekend. If you know anyone in the area who fancies selling vintage at an event, please pass on the details.

(There's also a Medieval Market as part of the town's Magna Carta celebrations on the 24th-26th of July. Looks like Trow is Fun City this summer!)

4 comments :

  1. Sounds like a great event, hope the vintage market has some treasures (at reasonable prices!) xx

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    1. Trow is a very working-class town, and it seems to be the one place in the area with really good charity shops and really good prices - which suits me no end! Not sure what the market will offer.

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  2. This event sounds interesting, reckon it would make a good family day out. I love a good fly-past; last year we had a Spitfire and Lancaster bomber fly over our house - you could hear them in the distance on their approach. It was quite daunting to think what a whole squadron would have sounded like.

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    1. You do get loads of families - the serving military units often bring tanks etc that little kids can sit in, and there are displays in the 'ring' through the day. Last year there was one showing army uniforms from 1914 to the present, for example. There's also music on the bandstand. And it's all free!

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