Vintage day raises thousands for hospice

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Fayre customers Sean Edwards and his wife Suzi with David Owen and Jude Bowley from the Shakespeare Hospice.

Visitors to Stratford Antiques and Interiors (SA&I) were treated to a nostalgic trip back in time last week as the business hosted a vintage fayre in aid of the Shakespeare Hospice.

Around 700 people turned up during the event on Friday and Saturday, raising an impressive £2595 for the charity.

There was much to keep people occupied at the fayre with a range of stalls specialising in antiques, traditional sweets, architectural salvage and painted furniture.

There were also family-friendly performances from international burlesque performer Missy Malone, who showcased her balloon pop act and Britain’s leading pin-up model Kitten Von Mew, who performed a classic fan dance and did 1940s singing.

Adorabell, a local glamping business, provided a glamourous area for the performers to get changed in their bell tent.

Children were entertained with a colouring competition and Easter treasure hunt, while Budgens in Bidford donated a range of Easter treats for the day.

Claire Frame, who organised the fayre on behalf of the owners of Stratford Antiques and Interiors, Richard and Zoe Biggs, said: “We certainly got a lot of good feedback from the businesses and visitors. This is the first event we have planned and it’s the first that Stratford Antiques and Interiors has hosted, I think overall it was a success.

“Friday was definitely a better day because of the weather and I think we raised a good amount for the hospice.”

A spokesperson for the Shakespeare Hospice said: “We’re really pleased with how the event went and that so many people came out to support it.”