On Bank Holiday Monday, 30 May, 2016, Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse reverberated to the unmistakable beat of Rock ’n’ Roll, with nostalgic tunes from the 1950s and ’60s!
In the Victorian chapel everyone was getting into the swing with Rockin’ Roland, the Rockabilly DJ, spinning his records for our 1950s’ tea dance.
Outside, in the courtyard and on the green, were classic cars from a bygone era and a Vintage Market with lots of period treasures on sale.
There was also live music from the B-Sides, a rock ’n’ roll band sure to get your pulse racing and your feet tapping.
In the marquee, Flamingo Amy was demonstrating how to get the vintage look in her Pop-up Salon.
There was plenty of fifties’ fun and games, with Joanne Jordan of Dirty Feet Productions showing how to hula hoop, much to the enjoyment of the children.
With fashion shows, gems from the past with an array of Vintage jewellery, china, furniture, home-ware and clothes to purchase there was something for everyone in the marquee.
Outside, Squidge and Squilla were serving delicious Middle Eastern street food from a vintage VW camper-van, whilst near the marquee Natural Born Grillers were tempting people with their tasty gourmet burgers.
Near the Friends’ book-shop, there was a Morris Minor Traveller mobile coffee shop, selling sweet treats from Bitter Sweet Curious Coffee.
Meanwhile, down on the farm there were rides to be had with the tractor and trailer constantly in use as well as two of the Farm’s Suffolk Punch horses given cart rides.
By the amount of happy faces seen everywhere, the Rock ’n’ Roll Day at Gressenhall was a resounding success – in spite of the overcast skies!
Well done, and thank you, to all the Gressenhall staff and team of volunteers, for all their hard work in staging such a memorable event.