Tracy Brabin Praises Batley Vintage Day Organisers’ Hard Work

Tracy Brabin has spoken of her pride in the success of the fourth annual Batley Vintage Day.

The event, which took place on Saturday, was a celebration of all things vintage from the turn of the century to 1969, through music and dance, comedy and entertainment, stalls, vehicles, crafts, games, free workshops, a 60s commune, food and drink and much more.

Visitors were treated to vintage stalls, displays of classic vehicles, and music from acts like The Honeybirds singing songs by the Andrews Sisters, local woman Natasha Harper singing a 40s set, and Jonny Hicks and the Jukejoint Allstars, treating attendees to ‘50s rock and roll.

Moreover, attendees were delighted to witness an unforgettable fly past by a Spitfire, thanks to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Ms Brabin visited and enjoyed the sights and activities on offer throughout the day, before offering her services as a volunteer in Mrs M’s NAAFI tent, serving tea, coffee and cake to visitors whilst enjoying the vintage party atmosphere.

The whole day was free to attend and enjoy, however in the spirit of community, organisers asked that attendees “bring a tin to get in” to help support the fantastic work of the Batley Foodbank by simply grabbing something out of the cupboard before setting off and popping it into one of the donation bins around the site.

The day provided an opportunity to celebrate Batley’s history, including reminiscing about the success of the Batley Variety Club. It also provided an opportunity to Batley’s future- local young people to showcase their talent, including the Acorn Youth Theatre Company, Harpers School of Performing Arts, and Dewsbury Dance Centre Musical Theatre Class.

Tracy Brabin said:

“It’s an honour to be invited to attend, and volunteer in the NAAFI tent at Batley Vintage Day.

“The day was an amazing success and a wonderful experience for attendees of all ages. I take my (vintage) hat off to everyone who was involved in making the day such a wonderful and varied event, which involved lots of incredible local groups.

“I’d like to extend my thanks to the day’s organisers Andrew Marsden and members of the Batley Business Association, who always do a wonderful job, and whose passion and flair for all things vintage turn’s our lovely town into a celebration that the whole community can enjoy every year”.