AN annual music event has strummed up a whopping £12,000 for a cancer charity.
The Hartlepool March of the Mods was started two-and-a-half years ago in line with a national charitable event that sees events taking place up and down the country from March 1 to 31, with all funds going to the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Hartlepool’s event was held at The Staincliffe Hotel which saw several bands take to the stage for a whopping 12 hours of music.
There was also a raffle with various items up for grabs including goods from Mod Clothing shops across the UK, local businesses, gym owners, driving schools and celebrities including Paul Weller who sent up a framed signed Teenage Cancer Trust photo.
The main prize was a Vespa scooter built from scratch by town man Mick Nealon who then donated it to the event.
One of the organisers Kevin McGuire, who is also one member of band the Style Selektors, said town DJ Les Watts was compere for the night.
He said: “It took many months of planning, with many meetings taking place, but eventually we settled on having 14 bands from across the UK, original and cover acts.
“For the main event, we decided on a wide mix of mod, ska, indie, 60s, Britpop bands and acoustic artists to cater for just about everyone, as well as seven DJ’s playing in two different rooms.
“Just about every hotel and guest house in Seaton and Hartlepool sold out of rooms as people from as far as Bournemouth, Accrington Stanley and Ireland came to the event.”
He added: “We want to thank each and every single person who attended, the Hartlepool March Of The Mods Committee who worked so hard to stage the event on March 9, all the bands and DJ’s who gave their time for free, all the scooter clubs who took part in the lead up to the event, The Staincliffe management and staff, and all the businesses from all across the UK who donated raffle prizes.”
Some of the bands and artists who played at the gig included The Clashed, Acoustic Weller, Little Details, King Mojo, Acoustic Circles, Skaboom, Running On The Spot, The Universal, The Style Selektors, Nearly Noel Gallagher, The Lemontops, The Last Fakers, and The Found.
The event raised the excellent five figure sum which was added to the national March Of The Mods overall total of £64,392.
The cash will be handed over in a cheque presentation to the Teenage Cancer Trust next month at a charity ball.
Next year’s event has already been organised for Friday, March 27. For details telephone Kevin on 07975898756.