Saluting one of the founding fathers of Rock'n'Roll ...
The Vintage Village Les Paul Fair
When: Sunday 9th June.
Where: Stockport Market Hall, SK1 1EU.
How much?: £1 entry, under 12s FREE.
It's Les Paul's birthday today! Not only an influential jazz guitarist from the 1930s onwards, Les Paul was an intrepid innovator in recording technology, plus he was one of the pioneers of the solid-body electric guitar with his famous Gibson Les Paul launched in 1952.
So in honour of Mr Paul's birthday we're going all 1950s with:
★ A rock'n'roll set from DJ Jamie El Muerto, back by popular demand! He says he'll be bringing along some of his dancing pals who fancy a jive!
★ Some beautiful 50s-60s motors presented by The 3 Graces Northwest car club, including a Mark II Ford Consul, Zephyr and Zodiac, a Vauxhall Cresta and a prize-winning 1956 Chevy Bel Air!
Movie Matinée Rocking TransAtlantic Treble Bill
Presented by Stockport Market
On show in our pop-up cinema, ground floor, The Produce Hall.
11.00 am We Are The Lambeth Boys (1959) 48 mins
Director Karel Reisz's compelling and sympathetic documentary about the lives of Teddy Boys in South London.
12.00 pm Expresso Bongo (1959) Certificate PG
Although Cliff Richard is nominally the star, Laurence Harvey owns this film! A rollicking satire on the late 50s British music industry, it brilliantly evokes the sleazy hustle of Soho coffee bars, clubs and striptease joints.
2.00 pm The Girl Can't Help It (1956) Certificate U
Arguably the greatest rock'n'roll musical comedy ever! Starring the luminous Jayne Mansfield, and a host of music legends including Little Richard, Fats Domino, Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Julie London and The Platters.
Suggested dress code: fifties, if you please!
Naturally, there will be the usual awe-inspiring array of vintage clothing and accessories for ladies and gents, jewellery, homeware, decorative items, furniture, textiles, luggage, collectables, curiosities and locally handmade crafts with a vintage flavour you have come to know and love.
Once you've worn yourself out with all that intensive vintage browsing, you'll need some refreshment and refuelling. We're thrilled to welcome Caarma Curries for the first time, offering traditional Bengali cuisine and Asian dishes (menu below). The multi-award-winning Lord of the Pies will be on hand with their gourmet British pies made from locally-sourced ingredients. All your espresso-based coffee needs will be catered for by Kandoo Mobile Coffee. And for afters, Stuart Thornley Cake Design - purveyor of the finest sweet treats known to humanity - will spoil you for choice!
UPDATE! We've had a late entry booking - the awe-inspiring Ginger's Comfort Emporium will be plying their multi-award-winning artisan gourmet ice creams at The Les Paul Fair! Winner of the "Best of the Best" at the British Street Food Awards 2012, you folks are in for a serious treat! Check Sunday's menu below.
PS Let us know if you're coming along on our Facebook event page, ta!
All Mod Cons - vintage mid-century homeware, telephones, collectables, furniture, 50s-70s. Find them at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.
All Our Yesterdays - vintage homeware, collectables, toys, tins and much more.
Allsortz - vintage homeware, ceramics, glass.
Anne Langton - handmade jewellery using vintage beads; vintage items.
Aspidistra - vintage homeware, glass, jewellery 1920s-70s.
Attic Bazaar - women's wear from Victorian to 1930s, dolls and dolls house ephemera, costume jewellery, homeware, trinkets.
Baboushka's Silver - superb quality vintage silver jewellery from the 1880s to the 1980s.
Bedazzled Vintage - vintage clothing, jewellery and burlesque.
Black Cat Vintage - vintage clothing and homeware.
Bluecat Jewellery - vintage jewellery, glassware and ceramics.
Bus Stop Vintage - vintage women's clothing, accessories and jewellery, 1920s-80s.
Button Fairies - handmade jewellery using vintage buttons. All proceeds go to charity.
Crank Vintage - on trend vintage clothing and accessories, lots of bags, lots of 60s!
Cyprys Vintage - vintage clothing, kitchenalia and collectables.
Eclectique Chic - women's vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery 1950s-80s.
Funky Orange Vintage - ladies' and gents' vintage clothing and accessories, 1940s-80s.
Garbo Antiques - an overwhelming choice of vintage men's and women's clothing, accessories, costume jewellery and more.
Heirloom Rose - classic vintage clothing and accessories, 1940s-80s.
Hotchpotch Antiques & Collectables - vintage homeware, clothing and collectables.
Ivy & Co - range of vintage and design goods, 1950s-70s.
Jackal Threads - men's vintage clothing and accessories 1940s-80s.
jamessharpart - hand-printed textile collage goods: journals, aprons, bags.
James Wilson - vintage homeware, collectables, miniature traction engines. You never know what you will see on James' stall!
Justjewels4u2 - exquisite vintage jewellery (including plenty of genuine Lea Stein), buttons and postcards.
Kitsch Republic - vintage, handmade and recycled homeware.
Lace and Liquor Vintage - women's vintage clothing, homeware, kitchenalia, collectables 40s-70s.
Lola Cream's Vintage - vintage clothes and accessories from the 1950s onwards; some homeware.
Lonsdale Avenue - vintage homeware, kitchenalia, furniture and ceramics.
Maggie Mae's Vintage - vintage homeware, kitchenalia, textiles, luggage, haberdashery, furniture, clothing, accessories, 1920s-60s.
Make Do and Mend - small furniture, homeware, collectables, ornaments, and a few clothes.
Mama J's Vintage Goods - vintage fashion and homeware, 1920s-70s.
Moor Vintage - vintage jewellery and collectables.
Parrot in the Pantry - vintage homeware, clothing and jewellery.
Pearlie Queen Collectables - vintage homeware, ceramics, glassware, costume jewellery 1920s-50s.
Penelope Cat Vintage - children's books 1940s-80s; homeware 1930s-70s.
Populuxe - vintage homeware, jewellery, collectables. Waiting to welcome you at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.
Birthday boy Les Paul with his wife Mary Ford. Source.
Top of the bill for our Movie Matinée Rocking TransAtlantic Treble Bill! On show downstairs in the Produce Hall. Source.
We're hoping to see a few of these beauties, courtesy of The 3 Graces Northwest car club. Fingers crossed! Photo by Frankie Cooksey.
We Are The Lambeth Boys, a 1959 documentary about South London Teddy Boys, on show at 11.00 am. Source.
The new issue of Vintagexplorer has arrived in time for The Les Paul Fair! Pick up your FREE copy at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.
Purple Jellybaby - handmade and vintage clothing and accessories, plus vintage homeware.
Retrodec - vintage homeware, collectables, coats, hats, jewellery.
RetroFunky - vintage homeware, decor, small furniture, lighting, luggage, clothing, record players, clocks, cameras, books, toys, games.
Retrorags106 - vintage men's and women's clothing, bags and homeware 1940s-80s.
Rita Black - vintage homeware and collectables.
Serendipity - vintage homeware, costume jewellery, handbags, accessories, homeware.
NEW! Shabby Cheek - "wonderful things you never realised you wanted …"
Shady Lane Vintage - women's vintage clothing and accessories, homeware 1950s-70s.
Show Us Your Threads - women's vintage clothing and accessories, and homeware.
Stuart Thornley Cake Design - cake supremo, artiste of icing sugar. Details of this month's specials above.
Sue Booth Sparkly Things - vintage jewellery, bric a brac, textiles.
Suzylovesmilo - vintage clothing, accessories and homeware; handmade clothing, accessories and jewellery from new and upcycled materials.
Sweet Caroline - vintage textiles, haberdashery, homeware, clothing and accessories.
T.E.A. - vintage homeware, kitchenalia and collectables, 1930s-70s.
Tea for Two Vintage - vintage bric a brac, clothing and accessories.
The Crinoline Lady - vintage costume jewellery and accessories, homeware.
The Side Room - vintage table and bed linen, costume jewellery, clothing, homeware.
NEW! The Sun Will Shine - vintage homeware, 20th century.
NEW! Thriftette - women's vintage clothing 1950s-80s.
TinTrunk - vintage apparel for ladies and gents, jewellery, homeware, textiles, collectables, luggage. Find TinTrunk at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.
Village Vintage Clothing - men's and women's vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery. Up at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.
Vintage Allsorts - vintage clothing, jewellery, homeware, kitchenalia 1950s-60s.
Vintage Belle - women's vintage clothing and accessories.
Vintage Clutter - vintage needlework accessories, lace, fabric, fashion accessories, costume jewellery, homeware, collectables.
Vintage Pair - vintage homeware, ceramics and furnishings 1930s-70s.
NEW! Vintage Queen - vintage homeware.
Watch the Flowers Grow - local, seasonal, chemical-free flowers presented in imaginatively vintage-themed ways.
waxdelerium - rare vinyl.