PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Elland’s first vintage event puts town in the spotlight

More than 3,500 people flocked to Elland to enjoy the days of a bygone era at the town’s first ever vintage event.

The Rotary Club of Elland has been planning the showpiece event for the past year in the hope of putting the town firmly back in the spotlight.

A dance down memory lane at the Elland Vintage Weekend.

A dance down memory lane at the Elland Vintage Weekend.

Crowds of people lined the streets of the town and the surrounding area to catch a glimpse of the weekend’s spectacular pièce de résistance - a fly-past from the Red Arrows.

Onlookers were thrilled as the RAF display team flew over Elland Cricket Club on Sunday and organisers said it was the icing on what had been a fantastic weekend.

The event kicked off on Friday with a vintage ball and on Saturday afternoon, visitors to the 1950s retro tea party danced downed memory lane to the retro sound of rock and roll band, Cue Ball Katz.

Mayor of Calderdale Lisa Lambert was in attendance across the weekend and joined in all the fun it had to offer.

Ingrid Holdsworth, a member of the Elland Rotary Club, said: “It attracted a capacity audience, in fact there was even a waiting list.

“Those attending from the community could not believe that such a quality event could be provided free of charge for their benefit and all left wanting a repeat performance next year.

“There were demonstration swing jive dancers who encouraged the crowd to join in and they all loved it. Acquaintances were renewed and it really brought back the old community spirit.”

While Sunday’s weather was cooler, it did not deter a big crowd from turning out to enjoy the vintage market.

With stacks of vintage stalls, a collection of around 100 vintage cars, a golf ball drop and even a Spitfire, there was plenty for all the family to enjoy.

But it was all eyes on the sky as the Red Arrows made their breathtaking flight across the borough.

A Lancaster Bomber was also scheduled to fly over on Sunday afternoon, but was cancelled due to an engine fault.

David Wilkinson, president of Rotary Club of Elland, said: “I think we achieved what we set out to achieve and its put Elland back in the spotlight.”

The club also thanked their main sponsors for their help in making the event a success.

And if you enjoyed this year’s Vintage Weekend, be sure to put the date of next year’s in your diary.

The event will return in 2016 from September 16 until September 18.