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The Yanks in Stockport Fair

from Levenshulme Then and Now
A photograph taken by Levenshulme History Then and Now during the Yanks shoot in Stockport in July 1978.  In the centre is director John Schlesinger talking to lead actress Lisa Eichorn.  See more extraordinary photos here.

from Levenshulme Then and Now
Another photograph from Levenshulme History Then and Now: this is the top of Mealhouse Brow, and the shop named "H. & H. Hooper" is now The Vintage Style Agency.  Source.  See this view 'today' in Google Street View.

Yanks Uppermill (my photo)
A big ol' wartime truck: photo taken at the Yanks Weekend, Uppermill, by Sarah Norris.

Katie Spitfire
The fabulous Katie Spitfire in full song.  Photo kindly provided by

Paul Harper
It's That Man Again!  Paul Harper is ready to entertain you.  Source.

Self portrait
Mari-zu Okereke's self-portrait using the Victorian wet plate collodion process.  Take home your own unique photographic portrait at The Yanks in Stockport Fair.

We'll meet again, at . . .

The Vintage Village Yanks in Stockport Fair!

When: Sunday 8th July 2012, 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Where: Stockport Covered Market Hall
How much: £1 entry, under 12s FREE

In July 1978 director John Schlesinger arrived in Stockport with a film crew to shoot some location shots around the Market Place.  The locale was transformed into a vision of wartime Britain and a then barely known young actor called Richard Gere found himself the star of what has become one of the best-loved films about British life during the Second World War - Yanks.  See some photos taken during the film shoot here.

For our Yanks in Stockport Fair we are collaborating with Military Vehicle Trust and to celebrate this wonderful movie in one of its original locations.  In and around the venerable Victorian Market Hall you will find:
  • A selection of wartime trucks and jeeps in attendance, plus some civilian vehicles from the 1930s and 1940s.
  • Re-enactors in full authentic Allied uniforms (NO Nazis!) and genuine 1940s civilian outfits.
  • Wonderful singers Paul Harper and Katie Spitfire will be on hand to entertain you in 1940s style throughout the day.
  • UK Homefront will be presenting a fascinating demonstration of the history of washing.  Learn all about dolly tubs, battledores, donkey stones and mangles!
  • Mo's Diner will be providing tasty (really!) wartime rations with an American flavour (flavor?)  See the menu below.

And, for the very first time, we will be welcoming photographer Mari-zu Okereke, who will offer a very special photographic portraiture technique which will take you even further back in time than the Second World War: Victorian wet plate collodion photography.  You can read more about Mari-zu and his historically authentic process here, but basically it involves exposing a prepared glass plate in a large format camera to produce a unique, one-off image.  Have your portrait taken using exactly the same method as your 19th century ancestors may have done!

All this, and the usual vintage extravaganza you have come to expect from The Vintage Village, namely (deep breath ...)

An awe-inspiring array of authentic vintage clothing and accessories for ladies and gents, as well as vintage jewellery, luggage, homeware, furniture, decorative items, collectables, curiosities and locally handmade crafts - ALL under one roof!

Well, actually two roofs because the inestimably marvellous Room at the Top Vintage Goods will be open too, just nearby.

Essential sustenance will be provided by Fire and Slice Artisan Pizza (NEW!) with their freshly prepared to order wood-fired pizzas and Kandoo Mobile Coffee (best espresso-based coffee on four wheels!)

UPDATE!  Menus just in - take a look!

Fire and Slice Artisan Pizza Menu 8th July 2012

Classic Margherita £3.00
Chestnut Mushroom, Spinach, Pine Nuts and finished with Parmesan shavings £4.00
Calabrese Sausage, Pickled Green Chillies and Bomba (Spicy Hot Pepper sauce from Calabria Italy) £4.00
Chorizo and Manchego supplied by the fab Levanter Fine Foods and finished with a scattering of Rocket..Yum! £5.00
All Pizzas are 9 inch and come with a Tomato or Bianca base and drizzled with homemade garlic oil.
Our dough is handmade with love..and we believe in using quality ingredients!

Mo's Diner Fab 40s Food, 8th July 2012

Spam Fritters - fried to order and served in a bun with ketchup or American mustard  £2.00

Meatloaf Sandwich - US Government packed lunch for Hard Workers  £2.50

Armour Corned Beef Hash – served US Diner style, 'Bully Beef' was a wartime staple  £3.00

Three Carrot Cookies – popular wartime recipe
Honey Spice Cake – sugar ration friendly!
Chocolate Wacky Cake – baked in the pan!
All £2.00 each

Stuart Thornley Cake Design Menu for 8th July 2012

Cupcakes and Mini Cupcakes
including our NEW Specials: Cola, Lemonade, Pick 'n' Mix and Toffee Popcorn.
Cake Pops and Mini Cake Pops
Rice Crispy Treat Sheep
NEW Mini Cake Scotch Eggs
Burger & Fries Cakes
NEW Hot Dog Cakes
Coffee Walnut Cake Slices
Carrot Walnut Cake Slices
Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies
Snowdrift Shortbread
NEW Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Here's a list of some of the confirmed traders who will be dazzling you with their wares this Sunday:

Black Cat Vintage - vintage clothing and homeware.

NEW!  Black Cats Vintage Trading - women's vintage clothing and accessories 40s-80s.

Button Fairies - handmade jewellery using vintage buttons.  All proceeds go to charity.

NEW!  Cancer Research UK - vintage clothing and accessories, all proceeds go to Cancer Research UK.

Cyprys Antiques & Collectables - vintage clothing, kitchenalia and collectables.

Donald & Miss June Vintage Living featuring Radio Mentals - mid-century radios, record players, furniture and homewares.  Visit their showroom lounge at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.

Eclecta Books - antique, collectable books, magazines and paper ephemera.  Find them at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.

Eclectique Chic - vintage homeware, lighting 30s-60s, books, women's clothing, jewellery 40s-80s.

Froggy Went Courting - quality vintage menswear.

Garbo Antiques - vintage clothing for men and women, accessories, jewellery.

Glook - vintage homeware 60s-70s.

Grandma's Attic - vintage women's clothing 40s-80s, also specialises in repro 50s dresses.

handmadebyme - ceramics including buttons, jewellery, oil burners, gifts, cards.

Harwood-Brown Emporium - vintage kitchen and household homeware, rocking chairs, custom and unique small pieces of furniture.

Heirloom Rose - vintage clothing and accessories 40s-80s.

House of Gingerbread - handmade polymer clay accessories and gifts.

Imogen's Imagination - handmade burlesque and vintage inspired hats, fascinators and hair accessories - as featured in VOGUE!

James Wilson - vintage homeware, collectables, miniature traction engines.  You never know what you will see on James' stall!

Lace & Liquor Vintage - vintage women's clothing and accessories, jewellery, homeware 60s-80s.

Laurette's Vintage Fashion - vintage men's and women's clothing; vintage women's wedding fashions and accessories 50s-80s.

NEW!  Laurie's - women's and men's vintage clothing and accessories 40s-80s.

La Vintage Vantage - vintage textiles, curtains, tablecloths, bedding, trimmings, paper patterns, 30s-80s.

NEW!  Levy Delights - vintage homeware with an emphasis on dining.

Lil' Shop o' Silver - vintage silver jewellery, 20s-80s.

NEW!  Little Betty's - vintage china, glass and homeware; handmade ceramics and fabric accessories.

Lost But Never Forgotten - vintage clothing, accessories, homeware 60s-80s, craft accessories.

Lottie Lula Vintage - women's clothing, accessories, jewellery, 20s-80s, some homeware.

Madam Mod Makes - vintage inspired jewellery, northern soul/mod culture, refashioned vintage jewellery, vintage knitting and crochet patterns.

NEW!  Make Do and Mend - small furniture, homeware, collectables, ornaments, and a few clothes.

NEW!  Mari-zu Okereke - portrait photographs made using the Victorian wet plate collodion process.

Nostalgia Vintage & Retro - vintage clothing and accessories, bric a brac, curios 40s-80s.

One of a Kind - women's and men's vintage clothing and accessories.

Parrot in the Pantry - vintage homewares 20s-80s, cushions, bunting, framed vintage items, shabby chic, decorations.

Poppie's - vintage clothing, accessories and costume jewellery 50s-70s; hand reworked vintage.

Populuxe - vintage homeware, clothing, jewellery, collectables.  Also in Room at the Top Vintage Goods.

Purple Jellybaby - men's and women's vintage clothing and accessories, jewellery, homeware, handmade jewellery and accessories.

NEW!  Pyewacket - vintage homeware, collectables, accessories, mainly 50s-60s.

NEW!  retrospektiv studio - vintae homeware, pictures, decor 30s-70s.

Ruby Rose Vintage
- vintage clothes, jewellery, handmade cards.

NEW!  Ruby Rose Vintage Jewels - vintage costume jewellery 1900s-80s; headbands with vintage embellishments.

Serendipity - vintage homeware, costume jewellery, handbags, accessories.

Sheila's Store - vintage costume jewellery, and lots of it!

Show Us Your Threads - vintage men's and women's clothing and accessories.

The Side Room - vintage clothing, jewellery, accessories, table linen and lots more.

Stockport Air Raid Shelters - a fascinating collection of authentic wartime artefacts for you to discover (not buy, sorry!)

Strumpets Bazaar - men's and women's clothing and accessories, bric a brac, books, 30s-80s.

Stuart Thornley Cake Design - cake supremo, artiste of icing sugar.  Details of this month's specials above.

Sue Booth Design - vintage jewellery, collectables (ephemera), textiles, glassware.

Tea for Two Vintage - vintage homeware, tea sets, vintage clothing for men and women 60s-70s, accessories, bric a brac.

TinTrunk - vintage apparel for ladies and gents, jewellery, homeware, textiles, collectables, luggage.  Find TinTrunk at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.

Twisted Vintage UK
- vintage women's clothing, accessories and homeware.

Village Vintage Clothing - vintage men's and women's clothing and accessories.  Visit them at Room at the Top Vintage Goods.

Vintage Belle - women's vintage clothing and accessories.

Vintage Clutter - vintage needlework accessories, lace, fabric, fashion accessories, costume jewellery, homeware, collectables.

Vintage Heaven - vintage clothing, accessories, homeware.  Now the new guest trader at Room at the Top Vintage Goods!

Vintage Retro Kitsch - vintage homeware, gifts, handmade corsages, cushion covers.

Wax Delerium - vintage vinyl curios.

N.B.  We are enormous fans of the original Yanks Weekend held at Uppermill for over ten years, and we urge you to attend the next spectacular event - Yanks Are Back In Saddleworth - on the weekend of the 10th -12th* August.

* Actually, Sunday 12th August is our next fair date, so maybe go on the 10th and 11th ;)