Valley folk enjoy a vintage time

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A valley is set to be heart safe after a vintage event reached its target by rolling back the years.

Organised by the newly-formed Rothbury WI, alongside auctioneers Anderson and Garland and Rington’s tea company, the inaugural Vintage Rothbury, on Sunday, was arranged in aid of the Stephen Carey Fund with the aim of putting 10 defibrillators at various locations throughout the Coquet Valley.

And with an array of different elements the event smashed its target.

Music was provided by singer the Lancashire Belle, the WI’s Swinging Hinnies and the village’s Coquet Singers.

Antiques evaluations took place with experts from Anderson and Garland, vintage stalls were set up around Church Street and the Market Cross, while vintage vehicles attracted lots of attention on the High Street.

Art work was also on display as well as needlework and vintage clothes while vintage afternoon teas were on offer in the Jubilee Hall.

And RAF Boulmer also joined in with a flypast over the village just before noon.

Stallholders described the event as ‘well-organised’, ‘smashing’ and ‘a really good day’.

Rothbury WI president Kate Holt said: “We had a wonderful time and all day long we were amazed by the support and help of the people of Rothbury and the Coquet Valley.

“The North East is known for being big-hearted and nowhere is that more visible than in our part of Northumberland and we are delighted to make it not just big-hearted but safe-hearted.”

A vintage shop-window display competition also took place with Stuart Wiggins’ store being crowned the winner by judge Jill Harthill, window dresser at Rutherfords, Morpeth.




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