Visitors to this year's Festival of Thrift in Kirkleatham near Redcar had the opportunity to grab a free 'upcycled' hat at the Harbuck & Futtock stall. The genteel milliners titfers just oozed creativity and fitted right in with the fun, retro, recycled vibe of this award-winning festival, now in its sixth year.

The UK’s National Celebration of Sustainable Living.

Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 September 2017, 10am – 5pm. Follow it @ThriftFest.

With over a 100 stalls selling all manner of thrifty, upcycled and recycled goods, delicious food and drink, demonstrations, workshops, talks, films, art installations, fixing and a barrel load of entertainment and music, no wonder it’s a firm favourite on the North East events calendar. Keep up to date at

Last year, the wholesome Women's Guild of Master Bakers impressed many a cook with their enormous 'Scone of Destiny' (above), which is so huge it needed its own specially designed trolley to transport it (photo: Tracey Kidd).