Mod Weekender scoots into town

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More than 600 scooters and their riders swept through the streets of Clitheroe at the weekend, bringing hoards of spectators to join the music and spectacle of the annual Ribble Valley Mod Weekender festival.

The three-day celebration saw all local campsites and rooms booked to full capacity, with live music at various venues including the main stage at The Grand, with many of the town’s pubs also hosting live talent.

Stuart Haughton from Horbury Kings with members of Horbury Kings and Salford Knights at the Clitheroe MOD Weekend

Stuart Haughton from Horbury Kings with members of Horbury Kings and Salford Knights at the Clitheroe MOD Weekend

Headlining this year’s line up was The Extra Specials, who took to the stage at The Grand on Saturday night. The band, who play musical homage to legendary 2-Tone band “The Specials”, delivered such classics as Too Much Too Young, Gangsters, Rat Race, Monkeyman and crowd favourite Message To Rudy.

Festival organiser Stephen Porter said: “It’s been a brilliant weekend – everyone was out to have a good time and the atmosphere reflected that. The festival’s success lies in the fact that the whole town completely engages with the spirit of it all – it reflects my two passions in life – scooters and music!”

“We’ve had really positive feedback from many local businesses telling us that trade has been boosted, so it’s all good news for Clitheroe. Living in the town myself, I’m really proud that we can showcase what a great place it is and attract people who haven’t visited the area before.”