THE mods are coming.
And they were briefly in town at the weekend to promote a forthcoming charity music extravaganza.
Hartlepool has been chosen for the North-East leg of this year’s March of the Mods charity initiative in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
On Sunday, March 9, hundreds of Mods from around the region will descend on The Staincliffe Hotel, at Seaton Carew.
There, a host of top bands will be providing the soundtrack to what promises to be a top afternoon and evening.
On Saturday, 42 scooter riders drove in convoy from Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience to The Staincliffe for an open day and around 50 tickets for March’s event were on sale, bringing the total sold to 400.
The riders and around 100 other enthusiasts enjoyed music from DJ Micky Corr, John McCaffrey, Jason Harrison and Bill Boddy.
Micky Hudson who plays in local band Running On The Spot with John McCaffrey, was head-hunted to stage the only event of its kind in the region this March and a committee was formed.
Committee member Kev McGuire said the convoy was “an awesome sight” with people from as far as Yorkshire and Northumberland attending and it was an indication of how successful he thinks March’s event will be.
Bands performing at the March event, which is open to non-Mods, include Ska Boom UK, The Clashed, The Universal, The Found, The Style Selektors, Nearly Noel Gallagher, Acoustic Weller and Running On The Spot.
DJs include former Masterchef finalist Stacie Stewart, Eddie Piller and Micky Corr.
A picture signed by the Modfather himself, Paul Weller, will be auctioned on the night, as well as a Vespa 125.
Tickets for March of the Mods are £8 and available from www.motmhartlepool.co.uk