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Still time to volunteer for Festival of Thrift
VOLUNTEERS are still needed to help out at a cash-conscious festival taking place in a North-East town this weekend.
The free Festival of Thrift will be held at Lingfield Point, in Darlington, on Saturday (September 21) and Sunday.
In a world of boom and bust, where more and more people are looking towards living thriftily, the weekend’s events will celebrate the emerging money-saving culture.
Organisers promise that those attending can save ten per cent of their average annual income by following the advice on offer at the event.
Festival curator, designer Wayne Hemingway, said: “The Festival of Thrift is about returning to an ethos of make-do-and-mend, rejecting the idea that we need to keep on consuming more and more to enjoy ourselves.
“Saving money and being inventive in your thrift is part of the fun and by coming to the festival people can not only enjoy themselves but save cold hard cash by putting into practice what they’ve learnt.
“Making a real difference to people’s lives is a big reason why it is great to be part of a festival celebrating sustainability - and recognising it’s cool to be thrifty.”
It is being held on one of the country’s most vibrant examples of a recycled brownfield site – Lingfield Point, a landmark historic industrial site previously home to Europe’s largest wool manufacturing plant and next to the world’s first railway.
Organisers say the festival can save participants money in a raft of ways, including:
• learning how to keep chickens;
• buying second-hand clothes or re-inventing your own garments;
• developing a love for collecting coupons to cut your shopping bill;
• giving an old bike a makeover;
• refurbishing old furniture.
The two-day festival will feature dozens of events, including demonstrations and workshops on bread-baking, meat-curing, rug-making, quilting and screen printing.
Mr Hemingway will give a talk on his passion for thrift on Saturday, at 2.30pm, at the Beehive, one of the festival’s key venues.
For more information about volunteering at the festival, visit festivalofthrift.co.uk/volunteer or tweet @thriftfest
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