Reading through the book ‘The Midland Hotel, Morecambe’s White Hope’, I was intrigued by a selection of signatures from the 1950s Visitors Book. Some of the personalities I had heard or seen on radio and television, some of the names were vaguely familiar and there were some I knew nothing about. Intrigued, I took a closer look at some of The Midland’s famous footfall and was amazed to find international leading lights of their time in music, film, comedy, dance and politics.
Following on from our short blog about Anthony Padgett, a featured supplier at The Midland Wedding Open Day we spoke to Carol from Itsy Bitsy Vintage who will also be at the hotel on Sunday to discuss planning your perfect vintage wedding.
Itsy Bitsy Vintage is an experienced service for vintage loveliness in Lancashire, Cumbria and the Yorkshire Dales. For vintage weddings, celebratory tea parties and unique events, Itsy Bitsy offers vintage china hire for up to 120 people, bunting, prop hire and vintage styling.
With authentic vintage china, a wide collection of vintage and antique props from the Edwardian period through to the early 1960’s, they work with clients to add a period feel to their celebrations and compliment the architecture of their chosen venue. Whether you choose a fun eclectic seaside celebration, a summer English tea party or a glamorous Great Gatsby wedding, Itsy can help create your look. Continue reading
Following hot on the heels of his 1930s Afternoon Tea Dance with dance tuition at the Vintage-by-the-Sea event, Anthony Padgett will be returning to The Midland as part of The Midland Wedding Fayre on 27th October 2013. Anthony will be playing some classic vintage tunes on his wind up gramophone and would love to chat through specific wedding dance possibilities!
Anthony who has been dancing for 18 years, and his dance partner Stephanie Sturgess along with 20 of their dancers featured in the BBC One series “Turn Back Time”. The program follows 3 families who lived the lives of working, middle and upper class families from 5 different periods in the 20th century. It was Anthony and Stephanie’s job to show the upper class family how to really kick up their heels, 1920’s style for their night out at The Midland Hotel. Take a look at the below YouTube clip. Continue reading
The vintage buzz can be felt in Morecambe and I’m more than a bit excited to be in the middle of it. After harping on about all things vintage and being told my living room looks like it belongs to an old lady, it’s with a hint of ‘I told you so’ that I welcome you all and wonder what took you so long?!
Vintage by the Sea is set to take place at the fabulous Midland Hotel on Saturday 14th September and we’re in full swing ready for the masses to descend on Morecambe. Being Morecambe born and bred though I feel I should let you in on a few secrets and silence the cynics that think there is nothing to do here. Morecambe is a gem of second hand and antique shops, some that have been in the town for years. Being a kind soul, I’ll let you in on a few of the places you must go when you visit the seaside.
Old Pier Bookshop
Firstly I have to mention The Old Pier Bookshop on Morecambe promenade. Many a rainy day off (and one first date) have been spent in this shop.
This shop is a maze of great books that you can spend hours looking through. You do need to have a good look but luckily the owner knows where everything is so just ask if you don’t fancy a rummage!
Enjoy an afternoon in here and see if you can spot the stuffed seagull!
Secondly (and I’m not biased at all) is my Mum’s vintage shop, Dotty’s Vintage.
Dotty’s came about from a collection gone mad and after much persuasion from me and my sister to open a shop so people could come and enjoy the many beautiful things my mum had picked up over the years.
You can feel the passion for vintage when you come in the shop, not just because some of the pieces are so loved, some are only shown to visitors over a cup of tea and never sold! This sparked the idea for ‘Tea by the Sea’ which is a vintage styled tea room which was opened alongside the shop. Now even more people visit having tea and are shown some of the many treasures in Dotty’s.
Pop in for original garments from the 20s onwards or even if you just love vintage and want a cup of tea and a chat!
Dotty’s Vintage are curating the Vintage Marketplace for Vintage by the Sea so expect quality vintage items and the loveliest of traders!
The Vintage West End
Now this isn’t necessarily one shop but rather an area of Morecambe that people might neglect.
Morecambe’s West End has many second hand shops, some of which sell retro and vintage garments but I find it is a great place to pick up second hand furniture.
For anyone in to up cycling, you can pick up furniture from around five pounds so there’s no excuse not to experiment! My tip would be to make sure you have a good wander round the side streets to find a little shop selling china and another selling military collectibles.
Northern Relics is a couple of minutes walk from The Midland and packed full of antiques.
If you’re looking to splash out on something then this holds the largest selection of antiques in Morecambe. You’ll spot this usually by the large giraffes outside!
I think that should be more than enough to keep any vintage lover busy during a day in Morecambe. That is if you manage to leave the hotel with all of the things going on at Vintage by the Sea!