Brid’s first vintage fair a ‘massive success’

Enjoying the vintage fair at Bridlington Spa.
Enjoying the vintage fair at Bridlington Spa.

Bridlington’s first vintage fair has been hailed “a massive success” after more than 2,000 people packed out Bridlington Spa.

Held on Sunday, the fair featured more than 60 stalls of everything vintage including clothes, homeware, jewellery, furniture and more – as well as a vintage hair and beauty salon; barber with cut throat knives; tea room and a dedicated NAAFI cafe serving a 1940s menu.

Debi Silver, who organised the Advintageous Fair with Kat Flynn, said the first fair to be held at the Spa was “even better than we could have expected”.

She said that the sunny weather could have seen people avoid heading indoors for the fair, but the numbers who visited were “absolutely fantastic”.

“It was a massive success. Everyone who was there had a wonderful time, all the stallholders were very happy, and we had around 2,000 paying adults through the door. We don’t charge for children so there could have been up to 2,500 in during the day,” said Debi.

“The children from Garton-on-the-Wolds School were marvellous, they did three performances (of World War One music and poetry) during the day.

“We also had Dorothy Taylor and the Land Army girls who were there all day in full dress. Our cut-out seaside photo booth raised around £100 for them during the day, while we also raised money for St Catherine’s Hospice.

“I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who came along, and also to the staff at Bridlington Spa who were absolutely fantastic to work with, from the manager down to the staff who helped on the day. It’s a wonderful venue.

“You are never sure how the first events are going to go, but it proved that Bridlington loves vintage. We can’t wait until we come back to Bridlington later in the year.”

The next vintage fair will be held over the August bank holiday at the Spa.