Sunday, 7 August 2016

A Day At The Races

August is usually a quite time for me - with the schools closed and most holiday/weekend escape locations either booked up or too busy there is little desire to head too far from home.  However, this year August has at least got off to a lovely start.

At the suggestion of some vintage-loving friends we planned a visit to Uttoxeter Racecourse for the 'Summer Of Vintage' weekend.

A quiet drive down with no traffic issues saw us arriving at the lovely racecourse just and hour and a half after leaving central Manchester, and it was lovely to see the summer sun come out to join us at the event, too.

My original plan, as for all these events, was to don some seamed stockings and high heels, but the promise of 22°c weather put paid to that idea.  Instead, I chose my beautiful and stylish late-1960's Diorling dress.  As we were some of the first to arrive at the event, it meant a quiet start to the day... but ideal for a photo with a lovely vintage 1967 bus to complement my choice of outfit.


Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - "Pay As You Enter"...
Outside of the main halls there were lovely old vintage caravans and commercial lorries parked up - some selling refreshments, others being used as stalls, full of clothes and collectibles.


Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Summer Of Vintage, Uttoxeter.
I especially liked looking around one stall in particular, full of old memorabilia , displaying an amazing array of old toys.  As I perused the lovely old toys I couldn't help but wonder how many dreams and childhood imaginations had been fired by these gorgeous playthings, and also couldn't help wondering in turn how many dreams are inspired by the latest computer and phone games these days.  Hmm... maybe I'm just getting old....


Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Summer Of Vintage, Uttoxeter.
Inside the main halls a large number of stalls displayed their  goods - anything from clothing, furniture, household goods, more toys, and, er, a freaky and rather disturbing-looking monkey - certainly not something I'd want in the corner of my bedroom looking at me when I'm in bed.


Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Summer Of Vintage, Uttoxeter.
I managed to buy a couple of lovely flirty dresses with plunging necklines but with soft, loose skirts - perfect for stockings and suspenders flashing!  It was only when I met up with my friends that I realised that lunchtime had arrived, so we headed back outside in search of sustenance.  Walking out of the main hall I was soon distracted, however, by a pair of lovely long legs in high heels in a very short skirt.  
Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - lovely legs, Summer Of Vintage, Uttoxeter.
 I took a slight detour to the food sellers as I followed the blonde girl, eventually catching up with her.  A long chat revealed that she had a stall there, too, selling stockings and tights.  I promised to have a look later on.

With food and drink ordered, we sat and enjoyed the rather lovely and beautiful Lola Lamour, crooning her way through 1930's and 1940's classics.


Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Lola Lamour, Summer Of Vintage, Uttoxeter.
Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Lola Lamour, Summer Of Vintage, Uttoxeter.
With lunch over, I explored a little more of the site, finding a few gorgeous old caravans parked around the back of the main halls, looking out over the racecourse itself.  I couldn't help but take the offer from the owners of the fantastic Airstream caravan to have a quick snapshot.


Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Summer Of Vintage, Uttoxeter.

Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Summer Of Vintage, Uttoxeter.
I made sure I was back in the main hall for the Best Dressed competition, though, to cheer on a couple of the girls that I'd met earlier in the day.  I'm glad to say one of them won and the other came second - both worthy of their final places.  Afterwards I made my way to the second hall and tracked down the long-legged blonde, stood behind her tights and stockings stall.  I ended up with some sexy tattoo-style tights, which I will have to find an opportunity to model at some point in the near future.

Declining tickets for the evening's Burlesque event, my group somehow managed to find itself sat in the racestand for the evening finishing a bottle of rum with ginger beer mixers, enjoying the beautiful summer evening.  A truly fantastic end to a great day... indeed it would certainly get a first-past-the-post vote from me.


Dexi Delite Manchester and Cheshire Escort - Summer Of Vintage, Uttoxeter.

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