Step back into fashion at Swaffham arts festival launch

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Swaffham students will be modelling the fashions of days gone by when the town’s Visual Arts festival kicks off next month.

Tickets are now on sale for the festival’s opening night, a 1950s and 60s fashion experience, at the Nicholas Hamond Academy on Friday, October 9, from 7.30pm.

Officials from the town’s Rotary Club are working with Norwich Fashion Week and the Costume and Textile Association to stage the evening, which will launch the month-long showcase of the arts around the town.

The festival’s patron, Baroness Shephard, will open the event, while academy students, together with other volunteers, will be modelling the styles on show.

Rotary club president Denis Bishop said the event was intended to be a nostalgic look at the styles of the two decades, complete with the music of the day.

He said: “Fashion has become an art form in many ways, with fashion shoes, designer events, major fashion houses creating new styles and fashion becoming a very popular industry for young designers and models.”

Tickets, which are priced £6, are available from the Ceres bookshop, in London Street, or by phoning 01760 722504.

Details of the full festival programme are also available from the shop and online at