Gloucester Goes Retro high street footfall figures break 2018 records

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Monrose A Vintage Inspired Boutique    © Pete and Adela Hayward

Gloucester Goes Retro sponsored by Pro Global on August Bank Holiday Saturday broke footfall records in the city centre for 2018. The popular, award-winning event was a fitting finale to Gloucester’s successful Summer of Music, Arts and Culture (SoMAC). 


There was a 21.5% increase in numbers on the previous Saturday which meant an there were an additional 29,000 people in Gloucester City Centre, with many businesses stating they enjoyed their best day’s trading of the year so far. This meant that with a total of 69,000 people footfall was close to peak figures normally associated with Christmas shopping.


The event featured nearly 400 classic cars from different time periods of the 20th Century, and vintage music and dance performances. Many business owners got into the spirit of the event by dressing up in vintage clothing for the occasion.

Gloucester Goes Retro is sponsored by Pro Global, organised by Councillor Colin Organ of Gloucester City Council and Marketing Gloucester, and supported by Gloucester BID.


Councillor Colin Organ, creator and organiser of Gloucester Goes Retro, said:

“I am delighted that the latest Gloucester Goes Retro festival has attracted record crowds into our City, not just locally, but nationally and internationally as well. It is pleasing that the event has captured people’s imagination with nostalgia, living history themes with people playing such a huge part in encouraging our visitors to stay in our City for such long periods of time & appreciating all it has to offer. I understand the economic impact and the help to our charities has been substantial. Many visitors went home with a smile on their face which makes all of the hard work worthwhile!”

Crowds admiring vintage cars on Westgate Street             © Marketing Gloucester

Andrew Donnelly, Pro Global Director, said: “We were very proud to support this magnificent event in the City.   The Gloucester Goes Retro festival certainly generated a lot of interest and positive feedback across our company. The economic impact is good news for Gloucester and good news for us as a rapidly expanding business in the City.”


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Pro Global

Pro Global is a specialist organisation that supports insurance companies across the world. We are based in financial centres around the world. Our offices in London, Cologne, Zurich, New York and Buenos Aires are supported by regional centres including Gloucester so we can provide you with a cost efficient, round-the clock-service.

We are known for our high level of empathy with our clients and we fit easily with their cultures. We become, effectively, an extension of their teams. We can work where you need us, when you need us, bringing our local knowledge and expertise to every project.


Gloucester’s Summer of Music, Arts and Culture (SoMAC) runs from July to August and is co-ordinated by Marketing Gloucester. It includes long-running events such as the Gloucester Carnival, the Gloucester Rhythm and Blues Festival and the Fireworks Spectacular; alongside newer events such as WSP Art in the City and Pro Gloucester Goes Retro.


Marketing Gloucester

The official Destination Management Organisation for Gloucester, it is a public private partnership promoting the City as a great place to live, work, study, visit and invest; locally, nationally and internationally. It organises award-winning events and festivals, delivering to the city and region hundreds of thousands of visitors and millions of pounds of GVA. It engages with businesses and investors and implements programmes to develop pride of place amongst residents.


Gloucester BID

Gloucester Business Improvement District is made up of 576 businesses in the city centre of Gloucester who voted in July 2017 to invest approximately £2.5 million back into the city.


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