IT may be the time of the year for harvesting giant vegetables, but a rather special kind of fruit is due to take centre stage at this weekend’s Malvern Autumn Show .
Miss Cherry Bomb, known as the little redhead with the big voice, will be wowing visitors with her powerful renditions of classic tunes from long ago.
A flavour of nostalgia has always been a part of the Saturday and Sunday event on the Three Counties Showground, with its displays of early 20th-century caravans and cars, fine old specimens of agricultural and horticultural machines, and demonstrations of bygone skills and pursuits, but the 2012 event is really going to town with a brand new Vintage Village.
Alongside the trusty old tractors, steam engines and cider-making machines, the beautifully-oiled lawnmowers and 1920s caravans, and the exquisite Bentleys, Wolseleys and Jaguars, will be a whole host of other attractions for an authentic trip down Memory Lane.
The expected 60,000 visitors can visit the show’s brand new village hall, where they can get ‘in the mood’ courtesy of the sounds from favourites such as Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey, and join in with the jive and the jitterbug.
Because dancing is such thirsty work, there’s even a wartime pub and a traditional old tea room for a choice of refreshments.
Top of the entertainment bill is singing starlet Miss Cherry Bomb, the 1940s character singer who popped on to the vintage party scene last year and has been wowing audiences all over the country ever since.
She will be joined by 1940s-1960s trio The Spinettes , who will be on stage in the Café Plaza performing fondly remembered numbers such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and Get Happy.
Shopping, of course, has been a popular pastime through the ages, and the Vintage Village would not be complete without the Vintage Pavilion, with quality stands selling everything from Victorian clothing and jewellery to shabby chic furniture, old-fashioned sweets and delicate china.
Other attractions include edible gardens, a Royal Horticultural Society flower show and plant theatre, a harvest pavilion with monster vegetables, the Good Life pavilion and cookery stage with celebrity chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, live landscaping demonstrations, native livestock, an artisan food and craft market, exquisite crafts, horse boarding and llama agility and forestry.
Tickets are available on the hotline 01684 584924 or via the website threecounties.co.uk/malvernautumn .