MODS are hoping to rev up some support as they prepare to get on their scooters for charity in an annual fundraiser.
March of The Mods was a concept originally set up two years ago by Eddie Penny from Liverpool, and throughout March bands and DJs perform across the UK to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Hartlepool March of The Mods is held annually at The Staincliffe Hotel in Seaton Carew and last year more than 700 people attended and helped to raise nearly £13,000, and organisers are hoping to smash that total at this year’s event.
Kev McGuire, who is part of the organising team along with Micky Mojo Hudson, Sharon Hudson, Ste Pounder and Paul and Karen Altringham, said: “We couldn’t possibly do it without the support of local businesses and the people who donate and attend the event, and we would like to thank each and every one of them as they truly are making a difference to teenagers with cancer.”
Kev, who works in a hospital, added: “I see the equipment, nurses and drugs that are used at work nearly every day, and more and more people are surviving than dying this horrible disease and the one thing we have found about the people of Hartlepool is that they dig deep in times of need and turn out en masse to support and contribute to these events.”
Nationally, March of The Mods raised over £100,000 in 2014 and top Hartlepool band The Style Selektors were selected to perform at the cheque handover at The Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool.
Kev added: “Bands and DJs play a wide variety of music from the mod, indie, ska, modern day, Northern Soul, 2Tone and Motown genres so we ensure that there really is something for everyone.
“Although it is titled March Of The Mods, it isn’t purely just for Mods or scooterists, it is an event for everyone and absolutely everyone is welcome.” A Lambretta 125cc scooter is the main prize in the auction on the night, while there is also a hand-painted canvas of The Jam signed by Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler this year.
Other raffle prizes include a signed framed photo of Suggs from Madness, a signed framed photo of The Stereophonics and various other items.
There will also be an auction of a 2014 tour programme signed by The Who frontman Roger Daltrey, patron of the Teenage Cancer Trust
Hartlepool March of The Mods is taking place on Friday, March 27, from 2pm until late.
Tickets are available from That Little Vintage Shop in Park Road, or online at www.seetickets.com, priced at £10 each.
l Call Kev on 07975898756 for more details.