Big Hartlepool live music event announces date for triumphant return after pandemic delay

One of the biggest live music and fundraising events in Hartlepool’s calendar is set to return later this year after missing last year due to the pandemic.

Thursday, 25th March 2021, 7:00 am

Hartlepool March of the Mods was due to take place last March featuring live bands from all over the UK and abroad but coincided with the first coronavirus lockdown.

But the event is due to make a triumphant return on Friday, November 25, with a Punk Night at Hartlepool Rovers Rugby Club and main event at the Corporation Sports and Social Club on Saturday, November 27.

Organiser Kev McGuire, who has been on the front line of the pandemic working for the NHS, said: “The line up once again is truly fantastic and we have Paul Weller’s sister Nicky doing a Q&A with Mr Hartlepool himself Les Watts.

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The last Hartlepool March of the Mods before the pandemic in 2019.  Band The Persuasion played at the Corporation Sports and Social Club in Whitby Street.
The last Hartlepool March of the Mods before the pandemic in 2019. Band The Persuasion played at the Corporation Sports and Social Club in Whitby Street.

“We also have The Jexit flying in from Japan again and a wealth of awesome bands and DJs all giving their time for free at both the Punk Night and at our main event.”

Bands at the event play every genre of music from Motown, Ska, Indie, Mod, and soul to Britpop, Northern Soul, 2-Tone, and classics from the 60s to modern classics.

It is hoped a large scooter ride out organised by Hartlepool Scooter Club will officially open the Saturday event.

March for the Mods raises thousands of pounds each year for the Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT) and local charities and individuals.

A large scooter ride out is planned to launch the return of March of the Mods in November.

Proceeds from this year's event will go to the trust, Hartlepool’s Alice House Hospice and the family of Hartlepool man Mick Neil, a well-known scooter rider and DJ who sadly died after a long fight against illness.

Although last year’s March of the Mods was unable to go ahead, a raffle to win two tickets for Paul Weller’s UK Tour raised £2,000 for Alice House Hospice, Mick’s widow Christine and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

It had been hoped to reschedule the event last September or October but infections rose again.

Kev said: “We finally agreed to stage it this November as hopefully the uptake of the vaccine might be 80% or more which would really help things to open up.

"It is lovely to think that we are possibly helping someone somewhere to have a more manageable Christmas.”

Tickets are £10 in advance. Visit www.seetickets.com/promoter/hmotm/15328

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