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Milestones Museum

Milestones Museum

Today I did a 1940’s singing set at the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke. You can be forgiven for not knowing anything about it… but not forgiven if you don’t now go and spend the day there!

What a hidden gem. The building itself resembles something between an old aircraft hangar and a leisure club, but it’s what’s inside that impressed me.

A little town, with shop windows to gawp at, industrial area, vintage vehicles, wartime items, cafe and shop, plus a wonderful antique penny arcade to play in!

From a cycle shop to a radiogram store, a general hardware shop to toys through history, you really do forget where you are once you step on the cobbled streets.

I have to admit that my favourite area was the penny arcade!

You can either change hard cash or bank card money into old pennies to play to your heart’s content.

Pelham Puppets dance, claw grabbers tease you, mystic wizards and gypsies offer the secrets of your future and peep show machines offer a tantalising glimpse at 1920’s ladies, Charlie Chaplain and more.

Unfortunately I didn’t have enough time to look around everything after my singing set, but I’m very much looking forward to a return trip. If you want to find out more info on the Milestones Museum, just click HERE!

Echoes of History Show 2019

Echoes of History Show 2019

This event has changed site so many times and now has a shiny new name, but will forever been in my heart as Betsy’s first event. At 4 weeks old, she watched Mama sing for the first time and began her journey through the crazy event-filled world that is now her life.

Echoes of History has found a home in Purleigh, not too far from its previous locations. It will grow as word of mouth spreads. The living history areas are fantastic, plenty of eateries, great toilet facilities, main arena shows and live music as well as Air Raid Jive demonstrations too. There were not enough stalls in my opinion, but the organiser did say that it unfortunately clashed with another show. Next year will be better on that front!

There are big plans with this Essex event. A retro area and funfair are in the pipeline, with more classic cars too.

The Saturday was a bit quiet as the winds were getting up to 42mph, causing havoc with gazebos, tents and stylish headwear. Luckily today has been a lot better and a definite increase in public!

I loved singing in the marquee! A mix of 30’s to early 60’s, it went down really well and I even got an encore on my last set!

So what was my highlight? A ride on a tank. Wow what a high!

Festival of the Forties

Festival of the Forties

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It was my first time performing at Festival of the Forties and having never been to this particular 1940’s event, I was unsure what to expect!

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The first thing that struck me was the amount of reenactor displays around the edge of the field. There seemed to be more reenactors than public, which really surprised me. The groups had obviously gone to great lengths with their living history displays and they deserved far more people oggling their hard work!

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I was performing in the main marquee and was pleased to see my friend Woody at War. He is one of the best DJ’s on the circuit and always a great help. The weather was scorching, so it was an oven on that stage! Although the heat was slowly baking us to a crisp, there was a very dedicated couple, who were fantastic dancers. They certainly added life to the show and it was a pleasure to watch them as I sang my way through the 1940’s classics.

Another familiar face was my Facebook friend Hiroki. I have not seen him since I used to perform at War and Peace Show each year. Hiroki travels all the way from Japan every year to take part in UK WWII events. The other wonderful thing is that he even wears his grandfather’s original wartime uniform!

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The piece de resistance was definitely the battle reenactment. As viewers, you were close to the action and fully engrossed in what was going on. A stand-off between American and German troops took place before our very eyes, using foot soldiers, Jeeps, a German bike with sidecar, tank and artillery. It was Betsy Rose’s first reenactment and she was absorbed with the action (but donning ear protectors as she is no good with loud noises).

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The only thing I would’ve liked to have seen at the show was more vintage stalls and more healthy eateries (like the greek chaps I have seen at some shows), but this is just my personal opinion and certainly doesn’t effect the show. It was just so hot that I didn’t want greasy fish and chips, hot pie and mash and don’t like spicy stuff!

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I am still surprised that the footfall wasn’t greater as the event is obviously going to grow and grow each year. Maybe it just takes word of mouth to get the show the visitors it deserves.

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The Big Victorian Picnic 2019

The Big Victorian Picnic 2019

Looking for things to do in Warwickshire this Saturday? Why not join me at the Big Victorian Picnic in Leamington Spa! Bring your hampers and don your finest as we all join together in celebration for the grand opening of the bandstand in Victoria Park! There will be stalls, traditional fair games and music!

(Image taken at Goodwood Revival 2018)

I will be singing at 12-12.20 in my Steampunk attire, so it would be wonderful to see other steampunkers too!


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A little video taken by photographer Anthony Cartwright of today’s performance! Thanks to Woody at War for your assistance!

Festival of the Forties Weekend 2019


I am very much looking forward to performing at Festival of the Forties for the first time, this Saturday only!

Living history, re-enactments, entertainment, stalls, flyovers and more await myself and thousands of others this weekend!

You can see me in the Hollywood Canteen marquee at 12.30 and 4pm, so see you tomorrow!

Bloxham Steam Rally 2019


IMPORTANT UPDATE!!!!!! Due to technical difficulties at the site thismorning and problems with equipment this afternoon, I will now be performing at 4.30pm and 7 pm in the beer tent! Sorry for any inconvenience.

Just sheltering under one of the tents in the military section of Bloxham Steam Rally near Banbury!

I will be performing today at 2pm and 7pm (in the beer tent).

Tomorrow I just have an 11am performance as I have my parent’s Birthday to celebrate!

Bring lots of sun cream, water and smiles x

3 Wishes Fairy Festival 2019


I really cannot wait to be part of this event! I know some of you may be shaking your heads right now, but I have been a big fan of fairies, unicorns and the like since I was tiny. Indeed, my parents still recall Birthdays I would ask for a real unicorn. My favourite fairytale has always been Peter Pan and such stories got me through some tough times.

I am pleased to announce that I will be doing a short singing set at 6pm on the Perky Stage (Saturday 22nd June only) at 3 Wishes Fairy Festival. On the same day I will also be hosting a small stall in the Big Top Circus Tent! Here you’ll find my fairy house hats, new face brooches and a couple of my cases too!

The event takes place near Torpoint in Cornwall and offers camping, glamping, loads of crafts, entertainment, stalls, competitions and chances to dress up!

Southam Retro Revival 2019

Southam Retro Revival 2019

Well it’s only a week away and I can’t wait! Southam Retro Revival will be taking over the town with vintage cars, stalls and entertainment. I’ll be on stage at 12.55pm AND hosting a stall of my vintage and vintage inspired stuff. I’ll have clothing, accessories and some homeware, so make room in your cars to bring home a load of goodies!

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…