Fareham rolls back the years for celebration in town centre

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The town rolled back the years to another era for the Bygone Fareham event on Saturday.

There was plenty of toe-tapping from the hundreds of spectators as performers from Bodyrox strutted their stuff in the Podium.

Classics such as Happy Day and Houng Dog were performed with real gusto.

Alaina Blight, 33, from Gosport and one of the performers for Locks Heath-based Bodyrox, said: ‘I haven’t been to an event like this before in Fareham.

‘It’s interesting to see all the different cars.

Alan Gladwell and his wife Pam Gladwell with their 1969 MGB Roadster at the ''Bygone Fareham, festival in West Street, Fareham, ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151511-202)

Alan Gladwell and his wife Pam Gladwell with their 1969 MGB Roadster at the ''Bygone Fareham, festival in West Street, Fareham, ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151511-202)

‘It’s brought a crowd of all ages.

‘It’s nice for the younger people who might not have heard these songs before.’

Carolyn Moss, 36, from Hedge End, who is a dance teacher at Fareham College and was one of the performers, said: ‘It’s been lovely.

‘We have been lucky with the weather.

151511-207_BYGONE_12/09/2015''Bygone Fareham, festival in West Street, Fareham, ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151511-207) PPP-151209-210129006

151511-207_BYGONE_12/09/2015''Bygone Fareham, festival in West Street, Fareham, ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151511-207) PPP-151209-210129006

‘It’s really good for Fareham – there’s been a constant flow of people.

‘It’s people’s history. It’s nice for people to celebrate bygone days.

‘The music is just fabulous – it makes you want to dance!’

Bob Gray, 76, from Funtley, was proud to show off his vintage Southdown bus, which was built in 1947.

From left, Patsy England, Bob Gray and Gloria Perkins on the back seat of Bob's 1947 Leyland Tiger bus ''Pictures: Allan Hutchings (151511-210)

From left, Patsy England, Bob Gray and Gloria Perkins on the back seat of Bob's 1947 Leyland Tiger bus ''Pictures: Allan Hutchings (151511-210)

He worked for 50 years in Southdown’s workshop.

‘I bought it in 1986 and restored it,’ he said.

‘This event is brilliant. I like all the nostalgia.

‘It brings back happy memories.

‘There are people who get on the bus and remember it in its heyday.’

His daughter Karen Gray, 42, from Port Solent, said: ‘I remember the Fareham market.

Tracey Woods and Millie Stock behind the wheel of a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air (151511-226)

Tracey Woods and Millie Stock behind the wheel of a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air (151511-226)

‘This used to be a main road through here.’

She added: ‘It’s good to see all the vehicles.

‘It’s how Fareham used to be – it’s a great community.

‘They should put on more events like this.’

Graham Head, 73, from Southampton, had his Jensen GT on display.

He has spent more than £7,000 restoring it.

‘They only made 30 of these,’ he said.

‘I bought it six years ago and it was a wreck.

‘I brought it down from Scotland on a trailer.

‘There’s been a lot of interest from people.’