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A huge selection of stalls, displays, collections and food
Hooray! It's come round to that time of year again when the quaint and the curious; the delicious and the unusual; the beautiful and instructive all collect together in historic Guildford for the Heritage Festival.
This year this much-anticipated festival of all things interesting is being held on Sunday, April the 3rd.
Guildford identity and Festival Organiser, Bromwyn Facer and her small but dedicated band of helpers have put together a cracking group of participants, many for the first time and representing a wide and varied range of interests. These are just a few of them.
Photograph courtesy of Peter Roebuck - a speedway photographer for over fifty years, whose collection is considered the largest and best in Western Australia
W.A. Classic Speedway Association: The world famous Claremont Speedway commenced operation on May 14th 1927 and was recognised as the longest running dirt track in the history of the sport in Australia and the world when the last race was held there on March, 31st 2000.
Speedway enthusiasts from the W.A. Classic Speedway Association preserve, restore, and demonstrate historic speedway cars, bikes and memorabilia for future generations to appreciate.
The association will bring along a piece of this W.A. history to the Guildford Heritage Festival with a display of cars, bikes and memorabilia.
WA Historical Cycle Club (Photograph courtesy Guildford Heritage Festival)
The WA Historical Cycle Club: Founded in 1999, the WA Historical Cycle Club brings together collectors and cyclists with an interest in preserving and repairing bicycles from the mid 19th century to present day to ride and display.
See them at the Guildford Heritage Festival Sunday from 10am - 5pm. Visit them on Facebook or on their website.
The Bus Preservation Society of WA (Photograph courtesy of Guildford Heritage Festival)
The Bus Preservation Society of WA: The Society's collection of buses, artefacts, memorabilia, historical records and images have been assessed by the National Library of Australia and has been classified as a collection of National Significance. See these on the day along with an exhibition that showcases transportation throughout Western Australia.
The Rose Society of WA (Photograph courtesy of Guildford Heritage Festival)
The Rose Society of WA was established in 1932 to help foster the appreciation for and the cultivation of the rose. Regular shows and workshops are held throughout the year, visit their website for details of when and where.
The Garden History Society (WA Branch) brings together people from diverse backgrounds, united in their appreciation of and concern for our parks, gardens and cultural landscapes. More information can be found on their website.
Come along to the Guildford Heritage Festival to meet their members and find out the history behind these societies along with a few helpful hints on how to look after your garden or grow the perfect rose.
Johnny Young and the Strangers (Photograph courtesy of Guildford Heritage Festival)
Johnny Young: Raised in the hills suburb of Kalamunda, Johnny Young became a household name not only for his contribution to Rock 'n' Roll as a performer but a songwriter to many renowned Australian artists
Johnny Young and the Strangers formed in 1964 and had number one hits with Step Back and Caralyn followed by Let It Be Me and All My Lovin'.
In 1971 Johnny became the host of Young Talent Time which launched the careers of numerous Australian performers.
Having recently reformed, you can catch Johnny Young and the Strangers at this year's Festival, rocking and providing "that beat" for their legions of R 'n' R fans. So go along and relive some of those memories with Johnny, Peter Slatter, John Eddy, Al McCowat and Warren Daly live on stage.
Have a look at the news of the reforming of the group here on You Tube.
You'll be amazed at the skill of the members from the Australian Model Railway Association - WA who specialise in scale/gauge ratio modelling and the research and modelling of prototypes from Australia and overseas.
Australian Model Railway Assication (Photograph courtesy of Guildford Heritage Festival)
You can see more of their displays by visiting their website here.
Perth band the Troupadores burst on to the music scene in August of 1963 touring the Eastern States where they soon became a household name. Their popularity kept growing as the band performed at many of Perth's favourite night spots including the Herdsman and he Raffles Hotel.
Then Troupadores (Photograph courtesy of The Troupadores)
The Troups, one of Australia's greatest showbands, will be performing live on stage at the Guildford Heritage Festival. If you'd like to see a teaser, there is a clip of the Troupadore's 50 Anniversary concert here on YouTube.
All of these and much, much more including Annie's Vintage, Antique and Collectible Festival at Stirling Square, Guildford on Sunday the 3rd March from 10am to 5pm.