Mods to march on Hartlepool for annual music fundraiser

The March of the Mod organisers.
The March of the Mod organisers.

Fans of Mod music and fashion will be on the march to Hartlepool at the weekend for a popular charity event.

The fourth annual March of the Mods will be held at The Staincliffe Hotel at Seaton Carew, on Saturday and Sunday, and is set to raise thousands of pounds for charity.

We have bands coming from all over, including London

Kev McGuire

This year the proceeds will be shared between three charities, The Teenage Cancer Trust, Gretton Court Alzheimer’s Day Centre, Hartlepool, and Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice, Middlesbrough.

Last year the event raised around £15,000 and organiser Kev McGuire said it would be great if they could reach near that again.

Although marketed as a mods event, Kevin said there is a wide range of music on the Saturday and on the Sunday it will be a day of soul music.

Headlining the event will be Steve Brookes, an original band member with The Jam, and the compere during the weekend will be Gary Shail, who appeared in the film Quadrophenia.

Kev said: “We have bands coming from all over, including London, as well as local bands of course. And, we have people coming from all over the country, as well as a couple of people from France.

“It should be a really good event.”

Those attending will certainly not be short of groups to watch and listen to as the line-up, featuring more than 20 bands and performers, has been announced and will include Target 5, The Eton Rifles and The Special Guests.

This year there will also be a range of stall selling mod-themed items from around noon and bands start at 3pm.

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