Hemingway making his festival at home here

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BOUGHTON House will be the Vintage Festival’s permanent home, organiser Wayne Hemingway has said.

The iconic British designer wants to hold his celebration of British music, fashion, art and food at the stately home near Geddington every year.

It will be staged there for the first time from July 13 to 15 this year.

Mr Hemingway, who founded fashion label Red or Dead with wife Geraldine, said: “We have now found somewhere that’s so well liked and so gorgeous to look at and will be so nice to enjoy as a three-day holiday. Assuming people come, this is home for the event.”

Tresham College, Youth Works in Kettering and Northampton-based bike modifiers Ministry of Bicycles have already answered Mr Hemingway’s call for local artists, performers and crafts people to help the festival put down roots.

Fashion students from the college will work behind the scenes on the festival’s vintage catwalk shows and photography students will roam through the festival taking official pictures. Performing arts students have been invited to audition for a 1940s-style variety show.

Young people from Youth Works, which is based at the William Knibb Centre in Montagu Street, will breakdance and hold 1980s-style street dance-offs in the festival’s ‘Warehouse’ nightclub, which they will decorate with graffiti art.

Ministry of Bicycles will ride push bikes around a vertical circular wall, like motorcyclists in a wall of death.

Tresham photography lecturer Claire Stear said: “For us to be involved is brilliant, it provides the students with excellent work experience and will give the students strong portfolios and CVs.”

Amber Steele, 18, a first-year photography student, said: “I’m really looking forward to being involved in the festival and I think that I’ll gain a lot from it.”

But Mr Hemingway, who gave a keynote speech at Northamptonshire Tourism Forum at the University of Northampton yesterday, is calling for more people to get involved, from classic car collectors to historical re-enactment societies, people selling vintage clothes and people who can hold craft workshops.

To get involved in the festival email info@vintage.co.uk.