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Stratford Festival of Motoring 2019

Stratford Festival of Motoring 2019

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Copyright Mark Anton Smith

Stratford Herald 9th May 2019

I haven’t been to the Stratford Festival of Motoring for at least 10 years. Many years ago, you just had to wonder down the little road on Waterside on a Saturday to see a plethora of amazing classic bikes, sports cars and rods. It was THE place to be seen with your customised vehicle and I remember drooling over Harley Davidson low riders and the odd classic car.

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This tradition got banned because of complaints from the home owners. It was a shame, but understandable. Now, unless you like to sit in carparks, this car show is the best way to see some of the amazing vehicles that once could be found parked up in town.

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I saw some really wonderful cars and campers, but would’ve preferred it if all the vintage vehicles had been in their own section. We found a few up Henley Street, a couple more at the market place and then a couple more in another road. I personally don’t want to have to look at suped up Ford Fiestas or the Mercedes posing cars you see every weekend going up Bridge Street. That’s just my view, I know others may prefer the modern or 90’s motors. I would just prefer it if the cars were sectioned into eras or types.

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There was a fantastic American Taxi and some beautiful hot rods at the motor festival, which were jaw dropping. Ive added some super photos by Charlotte Doran Davis, Mark Anton Smith and a few snaps that I got too…

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GWSR 1940’s Weekend Steam Railway


Well, you may’ve seen a familiar face on all the GWSR advertising for this weekend!

I am back at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway on Saturday only, entertaining you as you embark the train at Cheltenham Racecourse Station. The GWSR Wartime Weekend is a wonderful 1940’s themed event spread across various stations. Entertainers, military and civilian reenactors all help to bring the era to life.

You can see me sing some 1940’s classics at 9.30, 10.30, 11.30 and 12.30 as you board the train for your exciting day to the past.

Vintage Photoshoot with CSN Photography at GWSR


In early March I had the pleasure of working with Chris Nicholls of CSN Photography! We visited the beautiful and peaceful GWSR as they prepared for yet another busy season. The weather was questionable, but we made the most of the odd sunny spell between the showers!

So here are my top pick pics for you! In the 1940’s themed images I am wearing an original 40’s swing coat, crepe dress and hat. The shoes are from Johnson’s Originals. In the 50’s/60’s images I am wearing an original novelty print vintage dress and Clark’s Shoes.

I am very much looking forward to shooting with CSN Photography again. As he is used to frequenting at vintage military events, Chris has a keen eye for detail! It’s a shame we couldn’t shoot more of the dress, but it was flipping cold at this point and the weather was really turning!

The Farm Stratford upon Avon


Well today was the grand opening of our new local farm shop.

A posh deli affair with meat and fish counters, tapas, bakery, wines, handmade chocolate, pasta, fresh fruit and vegetables, beautiful flowers, a cafe (with stone baked pizza!), cookery courses and play areas for the kiddies.

This isn’t somewhere to go for your weekly shop, but makes for a superb afternoon out if you don’t want to battle the town traffic. Got a special meal to prepare? Or maybe looking for somewhere new and interesting to meet friends for tea and cake? This new farm shop is perfect and the presentation of goods is impeccable.

Kitten Von Mew and Charlotte Doran Davies, wearing blouses from Heyday Online (hat is original 1940’s)

Betsy adored both play areas! The indoor area had a mini shop counter with toy produce, chalk boards and other bits. The outside features a wooden adventure playground flanked by 2 Wendy house structures. It has a slide and rope bridge to keep children amused, whilst you sip your coffee outside.

I think the farm shop will continue to grow. You can see their goats, Pamela the pig and some Donkeys, as well as a newly planted herb and vegetable garden. Let’s hope for some chickens and more!

I’m looking forward to more visits to The Farm Stratford, purely to taste more of the wonderful gluten free cakes! I had a piece of the passion fruit one and it was amazing! The pizza looked scrumptious too.

Curiousity Game Show BBC1

Curiousity Game Show BBC1

A while back I was lucky enough to be asked onto a brand new BBC gameshow called Curiosity. Unfortunately I wasn’t there to win £1000, but to showcase some of my 1940’s collection and ask the contestants a handful of questions.

Hungry Gap Productions was filming in Bristol and I hadn’t got a clue what to expect. Everyone was really lovely (and flat out busy!), but the green room was comfy and I got to natter to people and pop Alan Partridge on the telly until I was up!

The sets were absolutely unbelievable. I could’ve stayed in there all day! Each 3 walled set was like a different room. From the attic where I was positioned, to the 60’s retro sitting room, you were immersed like some sort of antiques Crystal Maze.

Paul Martin has really upped his fashion game, by channeling his inner Laurence Llewelyn Bowen for Curiousity. Although his hair is cropped short, we are now seeing an abundance of patterned and floral shirts, nestled under waistcoats and jackets. A bloody lovely chap with a mutual love of Partridge, he did stop to snigger at the TV once in a while.

Whilst I was there in the green room, a couple did win a load of money, so I’m really looking forward to seeing the edited programme.

The series starts on 1st April 2019 on BBC1 and you can see my episode on 11th April at 2.15pm.

Photo Shoot with Gayle Bevan


At the beginning of this year I had the honour of being part of a photoshoot at the Aston Tavern in Birmingham. Nestled underneath a flyover, surrounded by industry, this incredibly beautiful hotel and bar is an absolute oasis of vintage inside! It has a stunning bar and the rooms are all themed with vintage furniture, decor and beds!

Award winning hair stylist Karen D Bebbington did what she does best and we had the pleasure of being photographed by Gayle Bevan Photography!

I thoroughly enjoyed working with these wonderful ladies and posing with Jessica Hudson of the D Day Darling and my lovely friend Natalie Clarke.

Here are a few of my photos and if you are in the Midlands, try and check out Aston Tavern, it really is incredible!

 

 

Wearing Heyday Online trousers and a Jitters Dewsbury knitted top

 

 

Wearing What Katie Did stockings and an original vintage dressing gown and 50’s satin slippers

More dates!


I have added a few more dates to my diary, so check out the updated list in my Performances 2019 tab!