People reflect on times gone by as vintage fair is held at Lowestoft nursing home

PUBLISHED: 17:11 03 June 2016 | UPDATED: 17:11 03 June 2016

A vintage fair was held at Kirkley Manor.

A vintage fair was held at Kirkley Manor.


A Lowestoft nursing home stepped back in time, as a vintage fair attracted more than 200 people.

The fair was opened by mayor of Lowestoft Stephen Ardley.The fair was opened by mayor of Lowestoft Stephen Ardley.

Staff at Kirkley Manor donned outfits from the 1940s, 50s and 60s for a vintage fashion show and fair at the home in Kirkley Park Road on Bank Holiday Monday.

Vintage attractions – ranging from classic cars, motorbikes and scooters including Lambrettas and Vespas, to stalls selling items from yester-year – were on display during the event – which was hailed a success by staff.

Some of the period clothes, including old Army uniforms, were lent by the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield.

The Mayor of Lowestoft, Stephen Ardley, opened the event and conducted a charity auction, which was “really successful”. The £880 raised from the day, which also included live music, competitions and refreshments, will be split between the residents’ fund and Lowestoft Riding for the Disabled.

A number of table top stalls were also on offer at the event. Pictures: SUPPLIEDA number of table top stalls were also on offer at the event. Pictures: SUPPLIED

Tessa Hardy, of Pakefield Riding School, brought one of her horses along to the event – which proved to be popular with all.

With the idea for the vintage themed fair coming from Kirkley’s residents, many of whom are living with dementia, activities co-ordinator Carole Cook said: “It was a tremendous success despite the grey skies. We want to make this an annual event and next year it will be bigger and better.

“We had a really, really good day, with lots of people turning up and all the residents absolutely loved it.

“The staff dressed up and the mayor speaking to all the residents – which they loved – as they all had hats on for the occasion.

The £880 raised will go towards a karaoke machine and “perhaps a sweet shop” for the residents, according to Mrs Cook, as well as a donation to Lowestoft Riding for the Disabled.

Mrs Cook added: “We only came up with the idea for this about five months ago, and considering what was done in such a short amount of time it was a great success – and we can now plan for next year’s event well in advance.”

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