Wednesday 22 July 2009


Barnards Volkswagen is celebrating its 100th birthday with a weekend of family entertainment, a charity fashion show, a classic car parade and everyone is invited.

The Stowmarket Volkswagen retailer is marking 100 years of business this weekend. Its birthday celebrations will be launched on Friday evening with a charity fashion show followed by a family fun day on the Saturday.

The Station Road East retailer will transform its showroom on Friday for an evening of fashion and beauty with proceeds from the event going to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Local fashion outlets, Wardrobe and WNUK Clothing Company will showcase their next season collections supported by Tydeman Jewellers. In addition to the catwalk show guests can enjoy on-site massages, mini manicures and win a spa break in return for a charitable donation.

The evening event, beginning at 7pm, will also display a collection of gifts, accessories and paintings from local businesses and artists. Each exhibitor will donate a percentage of their sales to Macmillan Cancer Support.

The special weekend event is aimed at all ages as the Volkswagen retailer wants to create a party atmosphere to thank Stowmarket customers as well as past and present employees for all their support over the years.

Brand manager Gary Halestrap said. “This event is one big thank you to everyone that has supported us over the years and we hope that many people will take advantage of the activities we have planned.”

Saturday’s family fun day will begin at 10am as a procession of classic Volkswagens will take to the streets in a lap of honour to pay homage to the legendary models. The parade supported by DubGeneration Volkswagen Club will later display the vehicles at the retailer for customers to admire.

Children’s entertainment will be provided by a magician and face painters and the Funky Dub Bar, a modified iconic 1979 Volkswagen camper van, which serves drinks and lively music. Further refreshments will be provided by an all day hog roast.

“We are transforming our showroom for the weekend’s activities but will also be offering some very special 100 year offers on new and used Volkswagens for customers who would like a grab a deal,” concluded Gary.

For further information on the Volkswagen range call 01449 612121.

Picture caption l-r, Craig Pendergast, technician, Hannah Boyce, marketing and sales administrator and Craig Daniels, sales executive get ready for the birthday celebrations.

For further information call Sue Foster on 01902 714957 or email

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