No ration on fun at the fifth Vintage Hop

No ration on fun at the fifth Vintage Hop

By Dave Doyle | 23/05/2018

No ration on fun at the fifth Vintage Hop
Revellers enjoy last year's Vintage Hop

NOSTALGIA fans are promised a toe-tapping, town centre time warp at the fifth annual Vintage Hop next weekend.

The family-friendly retro event will include a vintage market, vehicle display, top tribute acts and free dance lessons, as well as children’s entertainment.

Running from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday, June 2, the fun-filled day will feature craft workshops from Tour de Yorkshire artist Gemma Nemer, of The Button Tin.

Two live music stages will host the Washboard Resonators, Moonshiners, North Side Band, Tombstone Buzzards, Jilly Kemp and students from Rotherham College.

And community group RotherHop will demonstrate some steps to get toes tapping to their swinging beat.

The free, half-hour classes will take place at the main stage from 11.30am and 2pm.

Group chairman Dave Doyle said: “RotherHop was born at the Vintage Hop, so we’re always pleased to be invited back.

“We’ll be teaching authentic 1930s strolls and some Lindy Hop, so bring your best threads and your dancing shoes — everyone is encouraged to join in.”

While day-time entertainments stop at 4.30pm, the Blitz spirit will live on at The Bridge Inn, where the Mee Kats will play from 8.30pm.
The Chapel on the Bridge will also be open from 10.00 am until 1.00 pm, hosting an art exhibition and sale from Rotherham artist Les Black.
Cllr Denise Lelliott, Rotherham Council’s cabinet member the local economy, said: “The Vintage Hop always proves to be a fabulous, fun day out and popular with visitors of all ages.

“Visitors to the event are always encouraged to dress up and it really adds to the nostalgic atmosphere on the day.

“We look forward to seeing your marvellous outfits at this year’s event.”

Car parking will be free at Forge Island, while other council car parks will offer four hours of parking for just £1.50.
For more information about the Vintage Hop, see the Facebook page at

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