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Fun in the sun at Retrofest

More than 30,000 attend three-day festival at Newbury Showground

Dan Cooper

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Fun in the sun at Retrofest

MORE than 30,000 people took advantage of the fine weather to attend the three-day 'Retrofestival' at Newbury Showground last weekend.

There were 1,500 classic cars on display at the event including a Ferarri 355 and 1950s American hot rods.

Some visitors enjoyed a picnic in the grounds, while others danced the night away to one of the many live bands performing.

The bumper crowds were also kept entertained by steam trains, acrobatic displays and more than 200 vintage clothes stalls.

One of the organisers, Andy Forster, said: "We are aiming to be the largest retro festival in the UK, but at the same time we want to maintain that family atmosphere that makes the event so special.

"It was a fantastic event this year and our biggest to date."

Retrofest will return next year and will once again take place in the second week of August at Newbury Showground.

Among next year's highlights will be a man attempting to set a world record by jumping over twenty double decker buses on a motorbike and a military fly past.

For the full story and pictures from Retrofest, pic up a copy of the Newbury Weekly News this Thursday.

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