Time to saddle up for Vintage Heritage Day

By Ellen Grindley in Local People

Bikes will be back in Dawlish for this year’s Vintage Heritage Day on Sunday.

The event takes place on The Lawn and features a host of activities and displays.

Organisers say it will be bigger and better than ever with something for all the family to enjoy.

Entertainment through the day will include music from the 1960s Explosion and the Vintage Trio along with the Liberty Sisters.

The Arrows Barrows display team will be in action and there will be rides on miniature traction engines.

Other activities will include face painting, bouncy castle, charity stalls and a craft market on the Piazza.

One of the highlights of the day will be the crowning of this year’s carnival royalty.

Cyclists are invited to join in a bicycle parade around Dawlish and there will be two rides, one of two miles to Luscombe Castle and a longer one for fitter cyclists of 19 miles along the river to Exeter and back along the Exe Estuary trail.

Owners of vintage bikes are invited to come along and dress up in the attire of the era from Edwardian times to the 1960s.

There will be a best dressed man and woman competition.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the death of British cycling legend Tommy Simpson and this will be marked on the day with a chance to meet former professional cyclist Colin Lewis who rode with Tommy in the Tour de France.

There will also be a chance to view a display of vintage scooters parked on The Strand.

Scooters have been part of British culture for over 60 years.

Famously known from the Mod era in the 1960s, they have become a British icon, even used in the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

There will be a competition on the day for the scooter the mayor of Dawlish would like to ride home on.

Tracy Scranage, town centre manager who is joint organiser of the event with Alison Holmes of Dawlish Town Council, said: ‘Please come down and enjoy this packed day of cycle based fun.

‘There is something for all ages and while you are here, take the opportunity to visit our town centre shops, cafes, pubs and businesses.

‘We’re sure you will have a lovely day.’

The fun starts at 10.30am on Sunday.

Timings for all the events during the day will be available from Dawlish tourist information centre and on the Dawlish Celebrates Carnival Facebook page.  

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