Families enjoy stepping back in time

Nostalgia-seeking visitors stepped back in time at a Vintage Fair held to raise funds for an Essex-based charity.

The annual event – organised by Helen Rollason Cancer Charity and held at Cressing Temple Barns – is one of the highlights of the year for the charity, set up in memory of the late BBC broadcaster.

Stalls selling a variety of items from decades gone by – including clothes, homeware and jewellery – attracted a steady stream of visitors looking for a vintage bargain.

The crowds were entertained by dance groups Air Raid Jive, Mr Dickie Bows with toe-tapping music from The Kingsmen, The Harmonettes and Sammy-Jo Evans.

The event also boasted a vintage car display, a variety of refreshments, and traditional entertainment for children such as Punch and Judy, a coconut shy and hook-a-duck.

Hair and beauty experts, HairRaid Shelter, also proved popular, offering visitors a chance for a vintage make-over.

The event attracted young and old alike. Among those enjoying themselves were the Evans family from Brentwood. “We are all having a fantastic time as there is something here for all ages,” said mum, Debbie. “It’s like we travelled back in time!”

Rachael Paisley and her daughter, Amber, were visiting the annual fair for the first time.

“We both love it here, the dancing and music is infectious, Amber is in awe of everyone that has come dressed in vintage clothes, and there’s such a great array of things to buy – I’ve run out of money, ” said Rachael.

Kate Alden, Fundraising Manager for the Hatfield Peverel-based Helen Rollason Cancer Charity, said the event had been a great success and looks set to raise thousands of pounds to support people living with cancer.

“It was great to see so many people enjoying themselves and we would like to thank them – and everyone associated with the event – for making it such a success,” she said.

“The money raised will make a difference to the lives of people in Essex, London and Hertfordshire living with cancer.”

For details on the Charity’s upcoming Christmas Fair at Chelmsford City Race course over the weekend of 26th and 27th November visit www.helenrollason.org.uk

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