Reading goes retro for Jubilee weekend
May 31, 2012
Vintage has made a big comeback, with food, fashion and music all taking inspiration from eras like the 20s and 50s.
Laura McCardle went to find out how Reading is going retro for the Diamond Jubilee weekend
When you walk into the Real Vintage pop-up market you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve stepped back in time.
Glittering 1920s-style flapper dresses line the rails, shoppers browse tables laden with cupcakes and stall-holders are dressed with bows and flowers in their hair.
As the country gets ready to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and with films like Baz Luhrmann’s 1920s-inspired The Great Gatsby out later this year, retro is quickly becoming the biggest trend of 2012.
The team at The Hexagon will be taking visitors on a glamorous trip down memory lane to commemorate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
The theatre has put a vintage twist on its celebrations with a Real Vintage Market on Sunday, June 3, and its first-ever retro roller disco.
Clothes and accessories inspired by the 1920s through to the 1980s will be available at bargain prices throughout the day to ensure everyone is kitted out for a night of retro music and skating at Rolling Back the Years.
For the first time, The Hexagon will be transformed into a 70s roller rink with theatre-goers invited to lace up their roller-skates and join in the fun.
A DJ will be turning the tables while skaters rock around the theatre under colourful disco lighting.
“There’s lots of things to do,” said Storme Gibson, group booker at The Hexagon.
“Obviously there’s the stalls to look around – I’m hopefully booking in some people who can do vintage make-overs and make-up.
“There’s the roller rink itself which is open to anyone. We’ve got our cafe open which will be serving food and drink and will hopefully have our theatre garden open too.”
The roller rink will be open until Sunday, June 10, with daytime skating, an under-18s disco and a Saturday Night Skate Fever session.
“It’s one of those really exciting events where there’s something for everyone,” said Storme.
“From previous events it’s something everyone enjoys and we got really good feedback from it.
“It’s quite a busy week for us because on the Friday night we have got our Diamond Jubilee Gala and we’re going to have all the flags and bunting out.”
It will be the fourth Real Vintage Fair and the event ties in perfectly with the many retro Diamond Jubilee-inspired events and decorations popping up all over the country.
In Reading, arts group jelly has created 2,012 metres of bunting and a vintage flag, which will be displayed in Market Place throughout the celebrations, giving the whole of Reading a real retro feel.
n The Real Vintage Fair will be open from noon until 5pm. Admission is £3.50 or £2.50 for concessions. Anyone who has tickets for the Real Vintage Fair can enjoy a Wheel Vintage skating session, also open from noon until 5pm, for £5.
The Rolling Back the Years fancy dress vintage roller disco will take place from 7.30pm until 10.30pm.
Admission is £15 and includes skate hire.
For a full programme for the week or to book tickets visit www.readingarts.com or call the box office on (0118) 960 6060.