Our Second event of August was Retro Festival at Newbury Showground, where we were booked in as exhibitors with our Forgotten 14th Army, Burma display.
We arrived on the Friday morning and we were shown to our pitch. We were a little apprehensive as we had not attended before and we did not know what to expect. What we got was a friendly welcome from the organisers, a large area to set up on and quickly settled in.
After a couple of teething problems with the ‘big top’, we got the field hospital tent up and set out our display ready for the Saturday morning. The next task was our accommodation so we got about pitching our Bell tents behind the display and setting up our messing area.
Retro Festival officially opened on the Friday evening for Music and entertainment, so after some food, we changed into our glad rags and went for a wander.
There are 3 music marquees playing music from the 40’s (WW2 and swing), 50’s (Rock and Roll) and 60s/70s/80s (Northern Soul, Soul, Mod etc.).
Saturday and Sunday were the open days for the public to come and see our display. Saturday was very busy and we met lots of great people whose relatives had served in Burma. They all had a story to tell and it was fascinating to hear them.
Saturday evening, we paid a visit to each of the music marquees, but retired to bed early as we were all tired.
Sunday again was very busy and by 6pm we had closed up our display and started to pack up. 3 hours later we were driving out of Newbury Showground after having had, an absolute brilliant weekend.
We all thoroughly enjoyed this event, there was a lovely atmosphere, lots of people made an effort and dressed in various retro styles and the organisation was brilliant. We would recommend this show to anyone who loves anything vintage. The music was great, there were loads of vintage vehicles, lots of vintage traders and we were made to feel very welcome.
All in all, a fantastic weekend and hope to return.
Here is a gallery of pictures from the weekend.