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Two dozen pre-1950s gowns will be on show at Plim­mer­ton’s up­com­ing A Right Royal Do, a day­long fair cel­e­brat­ing the vil­lage’s his­tory and the Queen’s di­a­mond ju­bilee. High tea, a pa­rade of vin­tage cars, mo­tor­bikes and fire en­gines, steam train rides and prizes for best-dressed lo­cals will be high­lights of the day.

The fair will fundraise for Plim­mer­ton Vol­un­teer Fire Brigade, which will put on dis­plays for chil­dren.

The idea for a vin­tage fes­ti­val was born seven years ago when re­tired GP Brenda Turner and her daugh­ter bought a pris­tine 1930s wed­ding gown in a Wairarapa vin­tage shop for just $90.

It got Mrs Turner think­ing about all the beau­ti­ful dresses lan­guish­ing in stor­age in Plim­mer­ton.

‘‘We were talk­ing about the fact that these beau­ti­ful dresses are out there in the com­mu­nity, so we thought about this event,’’ she says.

Once word got out about an ex­hi­bi­tion, Mrs Turner was in­un­dated with of­fers, so an ex­tra ex­hibit of gowns from 1950 to 1970 was added. Wed­ding pho­tos and his­tor­i­cal back­ground will be dis­played be­side the dresses, and three will be worn by mod­els.

Fel­low or­gan­iser Stephanie Drew hopes the fair will be­come an an­nual event, like Napier’s art deco week­end.

‘‘We love the fact that we’ve got a vil­lage with a sense of his­tory,’’ Mrs Drew says. Plim­mer­ton stu­dent Christina Dodds mod­els a 1930s wed­ding dress which sparked the idea for the vil­lage’s up­com­ing vin­tage fair.

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