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Lowestoft nursing home steps back in time at successful vintage fair

PUBLISHED: 13:38 10 July 2017 | UPDATED: 13:38 10 July 2017

A vintage fair at Kirkley Manor nursing home in Lowestoft was hailed a success. Pictures: Gordon Powles/Kingsley Healthcare

A vintage fair at Kirkley Manor nursing home in Lowestoft was hailed a success. Pictures: Gordon Powles/Kingsley Healthcare

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More than 200 visitors were transported back to yester-year as a vintage fair was hailed a success.

A vintage fair at Kirkley Manor nursing home in Lowestoft was hailed a success. Pictures: Gordon Powles/Kingsley HealthcareA vintage fair at Kirkley Manor nursing home in Lowestoft was hailed a success. Pictures: Gordon Powles/Kingsley Healthcare

The event on Saturday at Kirkley Manor nursing home in Lowestoft was supported by Lowestoft Classic Car Club whose members, suitably dressed in vintage finery, brought along an impressive array of gleaming vehicles to the Kingsley Healthcare-run home in Kirkley Park Road.

Lambretta and Vespa scooters were displayed and they were joined by a fire engine brought along by local firefighters. Staff and residents donned outfits from the 1940s, 50s and 60s – some of which were supplied by Pakefield’s Seagull Theatre - for a vintage fashion parade.

A vintage fair at Kirkley Manor nursing home in Lowestoft was hailed a success. Pictures: Gordon Powles/Kingsley HealthcareA vintage fair at Kirkley Manor nursing home in Lowestoft was hailed a success. Pictures: Gordon Powles/Kingsley Healthcare

There was also vintage entertainment from an Elvis impersonator, stalls selling bric-a-brac and vintage items, refreshments and a charity auction conducted by Waveney District councillor and professional auctioneer Stephen Ardley.

Kirkley’s activities co-ordinator Carole Cook said: “Local business were very generous with prizes. People were able to bid for everything from riding lessons and a £50 tattoo voucher to meals out and spa days.

A vintage fair at Kirkley Manor nursing home in Lowestoft was hailed a success. Pictures: Gordon Powles/Kingsley HealthcareA vintage fair at Kirkley Manor nursing home in Lowestoft was hailed a success. Pictures: Gordon Powles/Kingsley Healthcare

“We managed to raise £884 which will be split between Lowestoft Riding for the Disabled and our residents’ fund to put on extra activities.”

Visitors were also able to meet a horse brought along from Pakefield Riding School owner Tessa Hardy.

A vintage fair at Kirkley Manor nursing home in Lowestoft was hailed a success. Pictures: Gordon Powles/Kingsley HealthcareA vintage fair at Kirkley Manor nursing home in Lowestoft was hailed a success. Pictures: Gordon Powles/Kingsley Healthcare

Mrs Cook said the idea for the event’s vintage theme came from Kirkley’s residents, many of whom are living with dementia.

“Our first fair was a big success but we had even more people turn up this time,” she said.

A vintage fair at Kirkley Manor nursing home in Lowestoft was hailed a success. Pictures: Gordon Powles/Kingsley HealthcareA vintage fair at Kirkley Manor nursing home in Lowestoft was hailed a success. Pictures: Gordon Powles/Kingsley Healthcare

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