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Guildford Heritage Festival 2015

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by Douglas Sutherland-Bruce (subscribe)
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Each year the Guildford Heritage Festival takes you on a journey through the days of yesteryear with a novel glimpse into the arts, craft, cultural activities and daily living of a bygone era.

The Festival is held in the picturesque grounds of historic Stirling Square on Sunday the 29th March from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

The Festival's aim is 'to enable local associations and special interest groups to showcase the work they do within the community in conserving and highlighting the regions rich and diverse cultural heritage for the benefit of future generations.'

One does not know where to start with so much going on from the Vintage, Veteran & Classic Motor Show to displays of vintage tractors, machinery, and everyday tools to demos showcasing skills of the trades and hobbies of days gone by.

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A treasure trove of collectibles (Photograph courtesy of B Facer)

With more than a hundred market stalls awaiting you with an eclectic, diverse array of the old and the new from vintage, retro, re-cycled, up-cycled and re-purposed goods to locally produced and handcrafted wares.

The Children's Festival features activities including, old-fashioned games, circus activities, face painting along with free amusements, train and pony rides.

Make sure to visit the Foodies Hub with tastes from around the globe, grab a bite to eat, settle yourself down to enjoy the sounds of some of Perth's finest musicians with a mix of Celtic, blues, folk and county rock to popular music.

There is plenty of parking available, or hop on the train, get off at the Guildford Train Station, then it's only a three minute walk to Stirling Square.

This year sees the return of some old favourites and new performers.

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The Broken Pokers (Photograph courtesy of B Facer)

While Traditional Irish music is enjoying a resurgence back in the 'Old Country', The Broken Pokers are leading the charge on Australian shores.

Band founder and frontman, Irish-born Derrick Buckley has teamed up with some of the city's brightest musical talents to continue his quest of giving Irish music a veritable boot up the backside.

Derrick performed at 2014's Festival and was by far, music wise, the attraction of the day and The Broken Pokers will be our feature performance of the day.

Derrick's Facebook page may be found here.

The Swan Antique, Retro and Collectables Fair is run by the Swan Antique Group and for the fourth year now they are a welcome attraction within the Guildford Heritage Festival. There will be collections including, silver, coins, stamps, glassware, records and books.

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Log chopping at the Guildfrod Heritage Festival (Photograph courtesy PAAWA)

The Progressive Axeman's Association Of WA's members will be demonstrating throughout the day their many skills with the axe and other wood cutting tools. It is believed that the sport we now know as woodchopping originated as the result of a bet between two men in a bar in Ulverstone, Tasmania in 1870.

Australian axeman have a formidable reputation for being the best in the world at cutting hardwood.

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Woodchoppers having aball (Photograph courtesy of PAAWA)

More information can be found on their website.

The Vintage, Veteran & Classic Motor Show will be mounting a handsome display of automobiles pre and post-war, including Holdens, Fords, Austin Healys, Morrises, Chevrolets, Triumphs, sports cars and motorcycles including a 1958 Plymouth Belvedere, considered to be the only all original vehicle known to exist from the 17,000 that were manufactured.

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Perth Volunteer Rifle Regiment 1860 (Photograph courtest Guildford Heritage Festival)

The Perth Volunteer Rifle and Artillery Regiment 1860 will be making a welcome return. They are a Living-History group that seeks to portray the military and social life of a volunteer soldier in Western Australia during the period 1860 to 1901.

Their displays feature the uniforms, kit, firearms and drill of the period. The Regiment began as an outgrowth of the Perth Muzzle Loading Club.

The Mad Tatters Morris Dancers are women and men who perform traditional and vigorous dances from English villages along the Welsh border. The original idea was to scare away the marauding Welsh!

They perform at community events in colourful "tatter coats", dancing with sticks, bells and hankies accompanied by musicians playing melodeons, whistle and drum.

The Guildford Heritage Festival is situated across the road from Stirling Square in the Guildford Town Hall, on the corner of Meadow and James Streets.

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Why? Step back into the past and grab a bargain
When: 9:30am to 4:00pm
Where: Stirling Square, Guildford
Cost: Free Entry
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