Vintage at the Minster

Peppermint Sundae at the First Vintage fair in Sunderland Minster.

Peppermint Sundae at the First Vintage fair in Sunderland Minster.

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SUNDERLAND Minster was transformed into a treasure trove of delights at its first ever vintage fair.

Sunderland University Fine Art student Manda Bell has been the brains behind the event.

Organiser's Amber Davey and Manda Bell at the First Vintage fair in Sunderland Minster.

Organiser's Amber Davey and Manda Bell at the First Vintage fair in Sunderland Minster.

Manda, 19, said: “We were very nervous beforehand because it has been a long time planning it and we were just hoping it was going to be a success.

“With it being a first-time event as well it was important it went well.”

Stalls selling vintage clothes, hats, homeware, as well as cake stalls and a patisserie were open for business.

Manda started the fair in response to the lack of vintage shops and independent boutiques in Sunderland’s centre.

Kay and Katie from Pet Lamb Patisserie at the First Vintage fair in Sunderland Minster.

Kay and Katie from Pet Lamb Patisserie at the First Vintage fair in Sunderland Minster.

She said: “When you go into town there’s nothing like that there. It’s all chain shops, there’s no boutiques or anything.

“People travel to Durham and Newcastle. They have this community there of vintage shops. We shouldn’t have to travel out of Sunderland to get that experience. We are trying to create something for traders and hopefully it will bring something into the area.”

Manda and her friend Amber Davey, who also helped plan the fair, have plans to take their vintage extravaganza to other parts of the North East.

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