A BANGING music event to raise cash in the battle against teenage cancer raised a whopping £18,000.
The March of the Mods was started over three-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 March of the Mods event was held at The Staincliffe Hotel, on The Front, in Seaton Carew, in Hartlepool, 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 a top prize of a Lambrretta GP200 scooter, and a rare Jam canvas signed by lead singer Paul Weller.
Kev McGuire, assistant co-ordinator of the hugely popular event, said: “We raised just under £18,000 for The Teenage Cancer Trust.
“We would like to thank everyone who bought tickets, made donations and gave prizes, all the bands, solo artists, DJs and the four girls who helped us all day till the wee small hours, all for free.
The best thing for me was the large amount of young people who came and danced all day to Mod, ska, Northern Soul, punk, Britpop and Motown.Kev McGuire
“Special mention to Ordinary Affair, who played first at our event then travelled to Northampton to play at another March Of The Mods event, and also The Universal who came from Liverpool to play.
“Our Special Guest was Gary Shail, one of the stars of British cult movie Quadrophenia.
“Gary chatted to people and happily signed autographs all day.
“He enjoyed himself so much that he is coming to our Teenage Cancer fundraiser and ticket launch for Hartlepool March Of The Mods 2016 in August at Rovers Rugby Club.
“The PA and lights were supplied by Nige Turner, and his team worked so hard in all the rooms.
“All three rooms were bouncing all day and night, and it was just so good to see everyone laughing and meeting new friends and old. The atmosphere was electric.
“The best thing for me was the large amount of young people who came and danced all day to Mod, ska, Northern Soul, punk, Britpop and Motown.
“It is they who will take this movement forward be it as customers or DJs or in bands so we need them as much as we need the fantastic people who have been into the scene for years.”
The Hartlepool March Of The Mods Team also includes Micky Mojo, Sharon Hudson, Karen Altringham, Paul Altringham, and Ste Pounder.