In tune with a look back in time

Blackpool Soundwaves women's acapella chorus at a recent vintage photoshoot Pic: Chris Beard
Blackpool Soundwaves women's acapella chorus at a recent vintage photoshoot Pic: Chris Beard
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These singers recently stepped back in time for a rather special photoshoot.

The members of Blackpool Soundwaves women’s acapella chorus hit all the right notes when they had their pictures taken – wearing vintage outfits, at St Annes based vintage shop The Second Hand Rose, in St Andrews Road South.

The team were getting ready to compete in a national competition, organised by the Ladies Association of British Barbershop, in Harrogate.

But with numbers in the long-established group almost doubling – thanks to a learn-to-sing course earlier in the year, they were struggling to find matching costumes.

Sue Andrew, Soundwaves chairman, said: “We are frantically fund-raising for new costumes, but with nearly 40 members, we will need a lot of money to dress us all.”

So when musical director Samantha Roberts suggested the chorus members could all dress differently in vintage clothing, the women scoured charity shops and dug deep to the back of their wardrobes to come up with their stage outfits.

And they thought what better place for a photoshoot to show off their costumes, than a local shop which takes pride in being different and is named after the very song they were performing in the concert – The Second Hand Rose.

Melanie Jackson, who owns the store with her friend Jayne Callaghan, said: “We were delighted to welcome the girls and loved their performance for us.

“This shop is an Aladdin’s cave of high quality mid-century and retro-inspired furniture and accessories which complement the modern home – and the Soundwaves fitted right in.”

Mel and Jayne set up the shop around two years ago, inspired by a mutual love furniture and mid-century design.

The name of the shop was inspired by the song, sung by Barbara Streisand, which the girls remembered from childhood.

They had been selling furniture and decorative items on eBay, but while having a coffee in St Annes, they spotted a to let sign in the shop window.

Mel said: “We had found there was a large market for mid-century and retro furniture, and the growing trend was to introduce these items in a contemporary setting, meaning we were finding a high demand for key items.

“We contacted the landlord, who agreed to rent the shop to us short let, we opened it in October 2013 and haven’t looked back since.”