Vintage day raises thousands for hospice

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.”