Summer Vintage Day to take Louth back to the 1940s, 50s and 60s

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Louth town centre will be alive and swinging to the sounds and styles of the 1940s, 50s and 60s at a brand new Vintage Day this July.

The Vintage Day is being organised by Louth Town Partnership as part of the 24 day Zero Degree Festival, and comes on the back of Louth being voted as Britain’s top market town in 2012 and this year being named as one of the best places to live in the country.

Sunday July 7 is the day to have in your diary, where the Cornmarket will be transported back 70 years into a café rich music and dance festival.

“We’ve really tried to raise the bar on street events in this year’s festival, and the Vintage day promises to be a great opportunity for people to let their hair down – or put it up into a beehive if they wish,” said festival committee member Nicki Jarvis.

Vintage Day is on the same day as the annual Mayor’s Parade, which starts and finishes in the Cornmarket. The newly installed mayor will enjoy his first official public duty as he lights the blue touch paper on the day, and all thoughts of a sleepy Sunday market town will fade away amidst the pin curls, poodle skirts and winkle pickers.

On the day people will be urged to don their vintage outfits and live music from the fabulous Slimline Papas, plus support, is promised, as well as jive performances and lessons from 52nd Street Jump.

The organisers are planning to create a café culture feel, with chairs and tables around the Cornmarket, with plenty of room left for dancing and the chance to buy vintage memorabilia.

In October a hugely popular Victorian Fayre saw over 5,000 people pack into the town centre and organisers are hoping for a similar turnout this time around.

The Vintage Day has been made possible by sponsorship from The Co-operative.

Zero Degrees chairman Alan Mumby said: “This is the kind of support we need to help grow the Zero Degrees festival into something that will raise the town’s profile even more and attract thousands of visitors.”