Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Mods & Me
My experience of mod weekenders started when I was probably 16 and went to Torquay. Looking back, my first mod weekender was probably actually a scooter run but I enjoyed it nevertheless. As I moved away from my early teenage mod clothes and into much "nicer" outfits, I progressed to the Isle of Wight, Hayling Island and Clacton "Dirty Weekenders" (as they were called in the 80s!).
The mod scene has been a huge part of my life since I was 14. I've slipped in and out of it but have always had a deep love for the music, the clothes & the scooters....regardless of what I wore myself. My secondary school and the tiny little town it was in, was full of mods...which is how I was introduced to the scene I guess. I remember a memo coming round at school which said that "green army coats are no longer allowed". I also remember the uproar that caused!!!!! I went to see Secret Affair at Chippenham Goldiggers around that time. I loved them then & I still love them now.....which reminds me....are we getting our tickets Claudia???? I bought my clothes in the charity shops of Devizes (our nearest town), cut my hair off and well & truly looked like a boy. I never did really go for that 60s white boot look. I always thought it was a bit "fancy dress" and still do now if I'm honest. I got older, my hair got shorter, and I started to hang out in Swindon...the centre of mod-dom! I made friends and started going to clubs there. The 80s were a great time for the scene and a time I was very lucky to be part of.
I had a break from the mod scene in the early 90s, thanks to knowing one of New Model Army, moving to a hippy town and being surrounded by people with dreadlocks. I moved to London with my dreadlocks, went to Blow Up when it started at The Laurel Tree and within a week had my hair cut off again. Thanks to some disposable income, I started to get some clothes made at Charlies tailors in Carnaby Street, went to the rallies again and the rest, as they say, is history. I still have friends I knew in the 80s....we've all grown up....but some things never change.