Slideshow: Vintage fair at Mansfield market place

Mansfield market place took a trip back in time to the 1940s last Friday with a vintage market and a nostalgic dance night.

Organised by Mansfield BID, the event turned the clock back over half a century with appearances by a Spitfire IX replica and a 1950 Leyland Fire Engine.

Dancers took to the dancefloor on Friday for the Back to the Swing of Things event with dance demonstrations and guests had been invited to go dressed in vintage clothing.

Prior to the dance spectacular a vintage clothes market was held in a giant marquee that had been specially erected for the events.

One of the star attractions was the Spitfire aircraft, with visitors able to sit in the cockpit and learn a bit more about what it was like to have been a pilot during the Second World War.

BID manager Sarah Nelson said: “The events were a huge success and we are grateful to businesses and visitors alike for supporting Mansfield BID in its mission to attract people into the town centre.

“People got into the spirit of things and the feedback we have had has been very good, with some suggesting we should do it every year.”

Trina Edmondson, of the Backstep Boogie Club, was on hand to help people learn some of the moves from the wartime era, including dances such as the lindy hop, the jive and boogie woogie.

The event was a sellout, with staff having to turn some people away.

A wedding fayre that took place in the marquee on Saturday attracted visitors from near and far, with footfall in the town centre up by 25.6% on previous week.

Angela Parker-Hurst, owner at I Do Bridal, on Queen Street, said: “It was a brilliant fayre. The BID team worked hard to make it all a success and they really did.

The marquee was also used for a series of children’s activities on Wednesday, where more than 350 youngsters participated.