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Orpington goes vintage again with another awesome Big O Festival!

Added on: 3rd July, 2017 by O1

Orpington put on another great show on Saturday with a fantastic party in the park, organised by Talking Box Events in Partnership with Orpington 1st.

A BIG O thank you goes out to all those who took part and joined in the fun to make this year’s festival even bigger and better than ever.

The excitement began early with crowds gathering in the high street ahead of the car parade which signalled the opening of this year’s event. Classic cars from throughout the decades giving a glimpse of the great show that was about to unfold.

Visitors were taken on a journey through time for a celebration of popular culture from the 1940s - 90s, evoking magic memories for most and providing a fun history lesson for the younger audience. The effort taken by all involved in achieving an authentic representation of the fashion and culture from the past was outstanding.

It wasn’t just the characters such as Mr Bean, Frank Spencer and Dr Who who wowed the crowds, many festival goers arrived dressed in styles from their own favourite decade.

Sharon Baldwin, Executive Director of Orpington 1st BID, who help fund the event and have been involved with the festival with Talking Box from day one, said, “We were delighted to see so many visitors to Orpington enjoying a great event in such a fantastic setting. The Big O Festival has become a must attend festival for the summer and showcases all that is good about the business community and residents coming together.”

The sun shone brightly in the afternoon, with bands taking to the stage to transport the audience back in time. A fun filled programme throughout the day meant the atmosphere was as amazing as the exhibits, with local friends and families joined by festival goers from around the southeast. The Big O Vintage Festival is definitely a fabulous, free event that the whole of Orpington can be proud of.

You can see more photos on our FACEBOOK PAGE

Don’t forget the next FREE event Priory Live Music Festival on Saturday August 12th, again organised by Talking Box in partnership with Orpington 1st Business Improvement District.


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O1st - 5 Jul, 2017 - 19:46PM

Cheers, Maureen and Mike. Here's to next year!

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Maureen and Mike - 5 Jul, 2017 - 19:37PM

This was our first time at this event and I thought it was fantastic and would like to thank Nick and Emma for all their hard work. Was only sorry we had to leave by 1pm as were off to a party. Thought the food stalls all looked amazing, very clean and loads of choice. Looking forward to next years event,.

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Orpington 1st - 5 Jul, 2017 - 18:34PM

Thank you for coming, Sandra. Glad you enjoyed yourselves. We'll make a note about the drink.

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Orpington 1st - 5 Jul, 2017 - 18:31PM

So pleased you and your family enjoyed the Big O, Kim. Thanks for coming.

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Orpington 1st - 5 Jul, 2017 - 18:28PM

Cheers, Keith.

Fingers crossed for the weather on Sat***ay!

O1st

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Orpington 1st - 5 Jul, 2017 - 18:26PM

Thanks, Catherine. Glad you enjoyed it.

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keith edwards - 4 Jul, 2017 - 16:30PM

a great day out was had by all at our stall
and a great chance to meet people and tell them about the lower road allotment open day on the 8th july
hope the weather is just as good

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Kim - 4 Jul, 2017 - 11:57AM

Me and my family Had a lovely time Sat***ay and it made a change to have something so nice happen in orpington , everyone was so happy and made such an effort , next year I will be dressing up. To feel part of it. Thank you for a good day

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Samuel Dunmoodie - 4 Jul, 2017 - 08:51AM

Brilliant day out. Next time I would like to see if I can try get charity fund raising for mencap.. using my spiderman quad as a photo prop with donations to charity.

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Sandra Bayliss - 4 Jul, 2017 - 08:32AM

Had a fantastic time! Arrived at 4pm just in time to see Glamstar. Loved the music in the dance tent and danced away with friends. We were "enjoying ourselves"!

Only comment would be that when we arrived just before 4pm the queue to get a drink looked about an hour long. We scouted around and found a food stall that sold cans of soft drink but, especially in the hot weather, there should be more opportunities to buy something to drink.

Looking forward to next year!

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Catherine Thompson - 4 Jul, 2017 - 03:56AM

Fantastic. Hope it continued!

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