Help Wayne to make festival go with a swing

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A fashion designer is calling on the local community to help make his three-day festival of nostalgia a success.

Wayne Hemingway, organiser of the Vintage Festival, which will be held at Boughton House near Geddington this summer, wants county groups and businesses to have a strong presence at the event.

The festival will transform the country house with music, fashion, art, food and drink from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Mr Hemingway said: “The Vintage Festival is a national event and to help get the crowds to travel from the far corners of the UK we need the help of the local community, both now in the build-up, during the event and afterwards for years to come.

“What better way to showcase Northamptonshire than for the local community to have a strong presence at the event?

“As well as hotels and B&Bs we would love to work with local food and drink producers, caterers, hair and beauty specialists, theatre and WI groups, environmentalists, classic vehicle owners, collectors, retailers, Morris dancers and all the quirky societies that help to make Britain so distinctive.

“I look forward to discussing potential involvement in the event, and to developing together a weekend to remember.”

Headline acts performing between Friday, July 13, and Sunday, July 15, include Aloe Blacc, The Damned, St Etienne, Swing Out Sister, Chic and Sergio Mendes.

As well as music there will be classic cars on display and food and cocktails inspired by British culture of years gone by.

Mr Hemingway will give a presentation about the festival at this month’s Northamptonshire Tourism Forum, which takes place on April 26 at the University of Northampton’s Sunley Conference Centre from 9.30am to 2pm.

He added: “We are extremely excited to be bringing the concept to Boughton House this year. We feel the festival will benefit the local economy by raising the profile of Kettering and Northamptonshire.”

Groups and businesses that would like to attend the forum should email