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Boughton Estate to host Vintage festival in 2012

Boughton House in Northamptonshire
Image caption If the event is a success, Boughton could become the festival's permanent home

A stately home in Northamptonshire has been chosen as the new home of the Vintage festival.

Vintage, which celebrates British fashion and music from the 1920s to the 1980s, will be held at the Boughton Estate near Kettering.

The three-day event in July is moving from London to Boughton House, the home of the Duke of Buccleuch.

The festival's founder Wayne Hemingway said he fell in love with the country estate when he went to visit it.

'English Versailles'

"We wanted a site that would feel like you were really in England and would photograph beautifully," he said

The Boughton Estate is known as the the "English Versailles" because of the magnificent gardens and Grade I-listed park.

Mr Hemingway said he wanted local people to be involved in all aspects of the event.

"We want local businesses to come along and bring their vintage contributions to the festival; this could be hairdressers, tearooms, local dance groups, collectors or cooks."

If the event is a success, Boughton could become the festival's permanent home.

"We would struggle to find somewhere as accessible as Boughton to as many people in the country," said Mr Hemingway.

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