Sights and sounds of 1940 and 50s come to Rotherham town centre

Rotherham's Vintage Hop brings fashions and entertainments from the 1940s and1950s. First Lt. Steve Bloy and Pt. First Class Freddy Smith
Rotherham's Vintage Hop brings fashions and entertainments from the 1940s and1950s. First Lt. Steve Bloy and Pt. First Class Freddy Smith
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The sights and sounds of the 1940s and 50s were brought to life at a vintage event in Rotherham town centre.

Rotherham’s Vintage Hop saw a variety of acts and businesses come to venues across the area to get the town rocking and rolling.

A variety of acts performed on the stage in All Saints’ Square including the Haywood Sisters, The George Formby Experience and jive dancing, plus entertainer Frank Draper.

A vintage market selling unique goods was held on Effingham Street, while shoppers could look at stunning vintage vehicles, including cars, bikes and buses next to the Minster.

Visitors could have their hair made into typical 1940s and 50s styles at the Imperial Buildings, on High Street, and then pop along to the Vintage Dolls shop to have their makeup done to finish off their vintage look.

Mr Albert’s Big Finish, a traditional variety act, entertained children outside Boots with his magic, comedy routine and circus tricks.

Coun Dominic Beck, cabinet member for business growth and regeneration at Rotherham Council, said the Vintage Hop was a fantastic day full of entertainment and music, which had been organised in conjunction with town centre businesses.

People also got the chance to create vintage-themed items during craft workshops at the Button Tin, in the Imperial Buildings.

To ensure visitors got into the spirit of the day, shoppers were encouraged to dress in their 40s and 50s finery and prizes were up for grabs in the best dressed male, female and child competitions.

All the prizes were donated by town centre businesses.

Rotherham Council introduced free parking on all local authority-owned car parks in and around the town centre and on-street parking on the day to encourage people to visit the town centre.