The organisers behind a popular vintage fair in Beckenham are celebrating their first year in business, as trade continues to flourish.

Market sellers Alan Old and Alison Davis launched So Last Century as a pilot project just over a year ago at Venue 28 in Beckenham Road.

Now 12 months later the bi-monthly vintage fair regularly attracts between 600 and 800 visitors a time with around 40 traders on average.

The event has continually expanded throughout the year with new businesses coming on board.

Outside the venue a nearby pizza restaurant brings its wood fired oven to offer freshly made food to shoppers, while a local brewer making craft beer provides cool refreshments.

In the past the street food traders have included crepes, Thai noodles and gourmet burgers, while inside a professionally run tearoom offers hot drinks and home-made scones.

Mr Old told News Shopper: “We set up the first fair in September 2015 as a pilot project, not quite certain of the reception we would receive in the Beckenham area, where we both live.

“As it turned out, the response to the inaugural event far exceeded our expectations, so much so that we immediately began planning for six fairs per year, rather than the four we had originally hoped for.”

Held in a Victorian style school building, the fair specialises in vintage goods from the 1920s to the 1980s.

From mid-century furniture, décor, homeware, vintage fashion, records and jewellery, the organisers hand pick traders to ensure there is a good selection on offer.

“To add to the ambience, we always have our regular record dealer playing the best music from the 60s, 70s and 80s, and a fantastic vintage DJ playing music from earlier decades on her pair of wind-up gramophones,” Mr Old said.

The seventh fair, on November 20, has even attracted traders from far and wide.

Mr Old added: “We have got our first stall holder from Scotland.

“They’re prepared to travel 350 miles to come and trade with us.”

And with more dates lined up for 2017, the retro fair shows no sign of slowing.

The next fair takes place this Sunday, September 18.