Stratford shoppers enjoy vintage market

Eli Kennedy, of Paleo Pantry, sells cakes at the vintage fair in The Grove, Stratford Broadway

Eli Kennedy, of Paleo Pantry, sells cakes at the vintage fair in The Grove, Stratford Broadway - Credit: Archant

If you’re one of those people who frequently get nostalgic for the good old days of your childhood, you’d have fitted right in at Stratford’s vintage market on Saturday.

Ali Gray sells hair accesories at the vintage fair in The Grove, Stratford Broadway

Ali Gray sells hair accesories at the vintage fair in The Grove, Stratford Broadway - Credit: Archant

Organised by Links to Enterprise, an initiative run by charity Community Links, there was something for everyone on the wide variety of stalls.

For those who have a retro fashion sense, there was the opportunity to buy vintage clothing and quirky accessories.

Designers from across the borough showcased their skills with a number of stalls selling handmade goods.

Hungry passers-by could tuck in to some of the many old-fashioned sweets and cakes on sale.

Adam Attew, of Adam the Pastryguy, and his mother Toni sell cakes at the vintage fair in The Grove,

Adam Attew, of Adam the Pastryguy, and his mother Toni sell cakes at the vintage fair in The Grove, Stratford Broadway - Credit: Archant


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Kevin Jones, who runs the Links to Enterprise programme, was thrilled with the market’s success.

He said: “We had people asking us if we were doing this again or if we could do it every week.

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“We had 20 stallholders, all local, and they all reported having a large footfall as well.”

Kevin added that there were plans to hold three more markets at The Grove before the end of the year, one next month and two for Christmas shoppers in December.

“We had the Olympics, and now we want to put Newham on the map because of the creativity of its residents as well,” he said.

“There’s a lot of young people in the borough who might be unemployed or want to test something out, and we want the market to help them be enterprising and develop their skills.”

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