Shoppers visiting the town on 1 and 2 March had a chance to look at how things used to be at the first Swindon vintage and retro festival organised by the Brunel Centre.
Inside the shopping centre itself there were fashion shows showcasing clothing from all eras, make-up and hair demonstrations plus an evening of live music. A vintage marquee on Wharf Green was home to stalls selling vintage garments, bric-a-brac, collectables and jewellery whilst a large store was given over to local historians to mount the Made in Swindon exhibition.
Some 30 vintage vehicles and motorbikes were parked on Canal Walk and Havelock Street, with a Ford Capri displayed within the Made in Swindon shop.
Lots of people appeared to be visiting the town centre via a time portal, dressed to shop in clothing from across the last 70 years, whilst a Diana Dors lookalike popped into shops to see how things had changed since she was a starlet in the 1950s.
Steve Fawke, Brunel Centre general manager, said: "Thousands of people turned out for the event on Saturday and Sunday and over 500 attended the live music event at the shopping centre on Saturday night.
"We received nothing but encouragement when we were planning the event and so many people, too many to mention here, gave us their time and energy to help us put the event together. Without their support it wouldn’t have been possible.
"We’ve received a fantastic amount of positive feedback from both the public and businesses in the town centre so can now start working on the planning for our next event."
All photos by Richard Wintle of Calyx