The beauty of a bygone era matched the beauty of Lingfield Point’s stunning art deco office space at Lingfield House earlier this week, thanks to the Festival of Thrift.

The UK’s largest celebration of sustainable living gave a sneak preview of its OxGlam Fashion Show, a journey through the eras of thread trends from 1825 to modern day in the beautiful surroundings of Lingfield House.

To launch this year’s Festival, which will also celebrate the 190th anniversary of the world’s first passenger steam train which travelled between Stockton and Darlington in 1825, the OxGlam team unveiled a selection of key outfits through the ages against the backdrop of the elegant Art Deco reception of Lingfield House to give festival-goers a flavour of what to expect from the show.

Lingfield House was chosen as the stunning backdrop to this unique photoshoot due to the glamour and sophistication of the unique office building that matched the glamour of the costumes.

Sara Williams, Head of Marketing for Lingfield Point, said: “The Art Deco splendour of Lingfield House is a great example of upcycling at its best – it’s the jewel in the crown of Lingfield Point’s regeneration and is now home to 20 businesses that benefit from a level of service that harks back to the glamour of a bygone era – with state of the art facilities and fibre optic connectivity installed in grand surroundings – it was a wonderful way of recapturing a moment in time in Darlington’s history.”

OxGlam will make its return to founding host site, Lingfield Point, in Darlington later this month as the award-winning Festival of Thrift opens its doors for its third year on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September 2015.  For businesses that want to make Lingfield House their permanent home – complete with high speed connectivity and exclusive hotel-standard concierge service – its advised to speak to our lucky leasing agent based at Lingfield Point – David Jackson from Jackson & Partners



During the Festival the ‘Walk This Way’ OxGlam Fashion Show will showcase 12 thrifty outfits from key fashion periods over the last 190 years, created by Oxfam Jesmond, Oxfam Durham Boutique and Bookshop, and Oxfam Darlington using existing stock from the stores. The collection shows that by using clothes and accessories donated to North East Oxfam shops, wannabe fashionistas can create the most extraordinary outfits without breaking the bank.

Oxfam Jesmond’s Jon Christian said: “From a 1900s ensemble inspired by the suffragette movement to a 1940s androgynous Garbo style outfit and a 1960s Woodstock denim jumpsuit look, we wanted this year’s OxGlam Fashion Show to create a journey that would take people through each decade since the birth of the first passenger steam train.


“The collection we have created showcases the wonderful hidden gems that can be found in the three participating Oxfam stores and how easy it can be to create a unique look without it costing the earth.”

Festival director Stella Hall added: “As part of the 2015 Festival, we’re excited to play a central role in Darlington’s 1825 celebrations and the OxGlam team has come on board and created a fantastic collection to commemorate this historic milestone – giving us the perfect platform to showcase a sneak peek of what we have in store for visitors this year.

“We have developed an extraordinary programme for this year’s Festival which is bursting at the seams with thrifty activities and amazing artists.

Festival of Thrift, which received the Arts and Culture award at the Observer Ethical Awards 2015, aims to show people how reusing, recycling and upcycling can be fun, save money and benefit the environment.

This year’s Festival will bring together nationally known scrimpers, leading and emerging artists and musicians amongst special installations, demonstrations, talks, workshops and stalls offering upcycled, recycled, sustainable and of course thrifty goods to help communities towards a happier, more sustainable way of living. In addition to OxGlam, the three North East Oxfam stores will also be hosting the Festival’s popular Swapshop, a thrift shop market, big book sale and @rewind_retro at Festival of Thrift 2015.

For more information on Festival of Thrift 2015 and its programme visit the website at For further details on OxGlam follow @oxglam on Twitter.


For more information on how you can make your business feel at home in Lingfield House – with high speed connectivity and convenient agreements  –

complete with its exclusive hotel-standard concierge service, contact our leasing agents,

David Jackson at Jackson & Partners on 01325 352461 or Tim Carter at Connect Property North East on 01642 602001.

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