Mods ride again

The cavalcade of scooters rolls into town. (s)
The cavalcade of scooters rolls into town. (s)

The ever-popular Mod Weekender was another fantastic crowd-puller of an event in Clitheroe at the weekend.

Thousands of scooter and music enthusiasts descended on the town to enjoy the celebrations.

Many pubs and bars played host to live music and bands, with the headline acts performing at The Grand, including Skaface, The Len Prices 3 and Dogtooth.

More than 600 scooter riders arrived in a cavalcade which heralded the start of the festivities, which also included trade stalls, local artisan food and real ales in its list of attractions.

New for this year was the “Scooter Show and Shine” spectacle, hosted at Holmes Mill and judged by Clitheroe Town Mayor Coun. Mark French. Trophies were presented for the four main categories – Best Lambretta, Best Vespa, Best Concept and Best in Show.

Coun. French said: “The whole event was absolutely fantastic. I met people from all around the country and the festival is just a brilliant showcase for the town. There was an amazing atmosphere amongst the crowds – the whole thing was an absolute credit to the organisers.”

Now in its third year, the festival is organised by a small team, headed up by Steve Porter, supported by Dave Cott, Paul Derbyshire and Lee Wood.

Steve said: “This years festival was a phenomenal success and exceeded all our expectations. As always, we could not have done it without the amazing support we receive from the town.

“Clitheroe’s infrastructure is made for this festival. The community is the sole stakeholder and there’s no hidden agenda – everything goes straight back into the town.

This year has really felt like the festival has gone past just Mods and scooter enthusiasts and reached much further out into the community. And the great by-product is that new visitors love the town and want to come back again and again.”