Diss steps back in time for Heritage Transport Fayre

PUBLISHED: 17:24 31 July 2017 | UPDATED: 17:24 31 July 2017

The Diss Heritage Transport Fayre. Joshua Vincent, three, in his model Austin J40, came with father Rod and aunt Foggie from Vincent's Garage in Rushall. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY

The Diss Heritage Transport Fayre. Joshua Vincent, three, in his model Austin J40, came with father Rod and aunt Foggie from Vincent's Garage in Rushall. Picture: ARCHANT LIBRARY


If you visit one particular South Norfolk town this weekend, you may be forgiven for thinking you have travelled back in time.

That is because on Sunday, August 6, Diss will step back to the early days of television, gramophone records and post-war Britain for the annual Heritage Transport Fayre.

Based in and around the market place and historic centre of Diss and returning to the town for the third time last year, the Heritage Transport Fayre attracted around 1,500 visitors.

More than 80 classic and vintage vehicles - some dating as far back to the 1920s - will visit on Diss, with their owners being encouraged to dress appropriately to suit the age of their vehicles.

A 1950s-style petrol station will be set up in the entrance to Cobb’s Yard, featuring period petrol stations and enamel signage.

But visitors may not recognise the prices on the pump, as back in the 1950s a gallon of petrol could be bought for roughly four shillings and sixpence - which equates to 22p in today’s money.

This year’s event will also celebrate the recently completed Heritage Triangle street works.

The £3.4m Heritage Lottery funded project has seen the historic centre of Diss completely revamped with new pedestrianised areas, information boards detailing the history of Diss and benches added to the town.

Peter Hyde, the event organiser, said: “There is a nostalgia aspect to the day which is very popular. Last year was such a happy atmosphere and it was such a nice pleasant day.

“This year we’ve got the chance to show off the Heritage Triangle - the works have been a vast improvement to the area.

“We hold these events to increase the footfall to the town, and Diss is so fortunate to retain all its historic buildings.”

Starting from 11am, Park Radio will be on hand throughout the day playing music from the 1950s to the 1970s.

There will also be entertainment from The DM21 Ukele band, Kenninghall Morris Dancers and the Spanish street organ ‘los tubos’.

Independent cafes, delis and pubs in and around the Heritage Triangle will be open throughout the day providing a variety refreshments.


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