Stars of mod film Quadrophenia set to ride into Hartlepool

Trevor Laird, left, Mark Wingett, centre, and Gary Shail, far right who are coming to Hartlepool
Trevor Laird, left, Mark Wingett, centre, and Gary Shail, far right who are coming to Hartlepool

Several stars from a cult British movie are coming to Hartlepool to meet their fans.

Five of the leading cast members of Quadrophenia will get on their bikes and head to town for an entertaining afternoon of chat and a screening of the film.

Hartlepool March of the Mods co-organisers Mick Hudson (left) and Kev McGuire.

Hartlepool March of the Mods co-organisers Mick Hudson (left) and Kev McGuire.

The acclaimed Mod movie caught the imagination of millions of young Brits when it was released in 1979, with its rebellious spirit and soundtrack by The Who.

The line-up includes Gary Shail, who played Spider, before starring in kids’ TV series Metal Mickey and working with Michael Caine in Jack The Ripper.

He will be joined by Mark Wingett, who starred as Dave but is probably best known as DC Jim Carver from The Bill.

Another familiar face is John Altman, who later achieved legendary status as Nasty Nick Cotton in EastEnders.

Gary Shail said yes straightaway and it just went from there

Kev McGuire, event organiser

Another guest is Trevor Laird, who played Ferdy, and has appeared in Dr Who and more recently crime show Death In Paradise on BBC One.

Completing the line-up is Garry Cooper, who was Peter Fenton in the film.

He has been in many films and TV serials including Casualty, The Bill, EastEnders and Emmerdale.

The event at The Staincliffe Hotel, on Sunday, October 25, is being organised by Kev McGuire, who is also involved in Hartlepool’s March of the Mod scooter and music rallies.

He said: “Gary Shail stayed at mine after he was guest of honour at this year’s March of the Mods in Seaton.

“The idea of a Quadrophenia night came up in conversation and when I asked if he would come, he said yes straightaway and it just went from there.

“Phil Daniels said he wanted to come but unfortunately he is away filming in Eastern Europe on the day. We are still waiting to hear on Leslie Ash and Toyah Willcox.”

Hartlepool DJ Les Watts will conduct a fun Q&A session on stage in the style of Alan Carr’s Chatty Man show.

The cast will also chat to guests afterwards and sign any memorabilia.

Kev, who is from Hartlepool and now lives in Hartburn, became hooked on the film after he bunked off school to watch it on video when he was 15.

He added: “The film tackled a lot of social issues from the 60s that still existed in the 80s like unemployment and kids rebelling against their parents.”

The event is on from 2pm until 8pm and will also feature a live band still to be confirmed and DJs.

n Tickets are £15 each from www.seetickets.com, That Little Vintage Shop, in Park Road, or Kev on 07975 898756.