Night celebrates Mod culture for charity

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One of the many performers on Saturday night. © March of the Mods

An evening celebrating a golden period of the British music scene came to Liverpool this weekend, raising money for charity in the process.

The ‘March of the Mods’ event, supporting teenage cancer trust and Alzheimer’s Society, saw enthusiasts gather at Tom Hall’s Tavern where a mixture of both tribute bands and original acts took to the stage.

Fashion shows, scooters ride outs, raffles and auctions were also all part of the charity fun.

Since 2012, the month of March has seen Mod music lovers from all over the country organise events in their local towns and cities with the aim being to raise as much money as possible and have a great time. The events have continuously grown ever since.

After the first year of events, March of the Mods donated a cheque of £50,000 to a young boy who was suffering from cancer. He has sadly passed away now, but organisers say he acts as an inspiration to them all.

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Lesley Ackers, the organiser of Liverpool’s event, told JMU Journalism: “The idea began to grow in the early part of 2012 when people started asking about March of the Mods, wanting to know what it was about.

“Before you knew it, there were 16 volunteers to organise and host individual legs of March of the Mods. In 2013 there had been 17 events starting in Birmingham on March 1st and ending in Brighton on March 30th.

“I think what makes theses nights so popular is getting to relive the passion held for the scene as a youth.”

Jack James, 52, from Liverpool attended Saturday night’s event. He told JMU Journalism: “Getting together to have a great time with like-minded people and friends is what it’s all about. My mate is playing in one of the bands tonight and you can just see how much people enjoy it by looking at their faces.”

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