A NEW community event to celebrate and bring to life the island’s post-war culture will take place in Guernsey later this year. Supporting three local charities: Guernsey MIND, MUG and Men’s Shed.
Created by Jeff Fox and Dennis Le Prevost, the Guernsey Retro Festival is a three-day event taking inspiration from the 1950s and 1960s, featuring classic motorcycles, cars, music and fashion from the era. With a variety of entertainment and a local food festival, it is hoped the event will attract all age groups, as well as visitors, while also raising money for local charities.
Mr Fox and Mr Le Prevost came up with the idea as part of the Guernsey Tourism Ideathon where they won the ‘Pure Innovation’ category. They were both instrumental in the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to Guernsey last year, an internationally recognised motorcycle event which raised more than £7,000 for charity, and used this as their inspiration.
‘The Guernsey Retro Festival will enable us to showcase nostalgia at its finest and that is what we do best. The weekend will be a celebration of the end of austerity with dancing, motorcycles, cars, music and dressing up – it was a real golden period of our heritage and we are looking forward to bringing that back to life.’
The Guernsey Retro Festival will take place on 27, 28 and 29 September and is being supported by Specsavers. Mr Fox said: ‘Specsavers epitomises everything we want in a partner. They are extremely professional with a big heart when it comes to local projects and both Dennis and I were overwhelmed when they said they wanted to support us. We are hoping that the event will prove to be a huge success, securing itself as an annual event.’
Dame Mary Perkins, co-founder of Specsavers, said: ‘At Specsavers we value the community and are always looking for ways to support those around us. This will be a fantastic event for Guernsey which we hope will be enjoyed by many islanders and visitors alike.’
The Guernsey Retro Festival will feature performances from local groups and the organisers are looking for local dancers to help with teaching the Lindy Hop and have plans for flash-mob-style dancing throughout the weekend, which both locals and tourists are welcome to participate in.
Keep an eye out for more information in due course.