Fair was vintage

A vintage fair was held at the Plants R Ross nursery near Easington. Pictured on his vinyl record stall is David Brown.
A vintage fair was held at the Plants R Ross nursery near Easington. Pictured on his vinyl record stall is David Brown.

Up to 600 people enjoyed stepping back in time for a nostalgic retro event held at a garden centre.

Ross Weightman, owner of Plants ‘R’ Ross in Easington Village, described a vintage fair held at the centre as “just fantastic”.

“It was bouncing, it was absolutely manic,” he said.

Ross said a highlight of the day, which was organised by The Little Red Wagon company, was live rhythm and blues music from nostalgic band The Revolutionaires.

Lots of people donned vintage clothes to attend the event, which also included a display of 15 classic American cars and a marketplace with more than 20 vendors selling jewellery, clothing, homeware and records.

Other highlights included ice cream from the Seaham-based Lickety Split ice cream parlour, candy floss, fairground rides including shuggy boats and face-painting.

Ross added: “It was really busy, the car park was full by noon - people had to park on the side of the road, that’s how successful it was.

“A couple of people turned up in their own vintage cars who read it in the paper.

“It was the busiest day our coffee shop ever had.”

He said the centre plans to hold another similar event at the end of August.

The Revolutionaires are playing at Peterlee Catholic Club, in Grampian Drive, on Saturday, May 18.