Thursday, 13 May 2010


UMI & Co. Vintage and Crabbie's Alchololic Ginger Beer provided the second instalment Grand Vintage Ball & Vintage Attire Pageant at the Rivoli Ballroom on Saturday May 8 May.
Vintage purists mixed with dressed-up dabblers for an evening of retro fun and frolics, offering a welcome respite from an otherwise serious week for our United Kingdom.

Retro revellers danced the night away to music from the 20’s to the 80’s and entered the Vintage Attire Pageant for their chance to be crowned Best In Show. The Greta Garbo inspired young lady was a real contender for the vintage crown, but was pipped to the post by a dapper English gent and a curvaceous Rockabilly Queen.

The Brockley Ukulele Group, refreshed retro favourites including Rawhide, Love Shack and Coolio's Gangster’s Paradise , whilst Jonny Demonique infamous tattoo shack offered nautical inspired works of art and Miss Amy Gwatkin’s legendary vintage photo booth captured the nights most gorgeous revellers.

Alex Adams, from Deptford who won the best outfit category said: I’ve had a fantastic night!
I’ve had this polka dot frock for ages, but never have an occasion to wear it. I’ve got quite a few vintage outfits in my wardrobe so I’ll be back to defend my title at the next vintage ball!

No matter what the ballots say we are comforted to know that our fine shores will survive just fine with such an emboldened celebration of all that is great and good from bygone days.
Blue? Red? Yellow? Hang the future we say! For now our vote will always be vintage gold!