VIDEO and GALLERY: Wisbech Mods and Rockers lead 1,000 strong ‘invasion’ of Hunstanton and raise £800 for charity

Mods and Rockers 2014, Hunstanton

Mods and Rockers 2014, Hunstanton - Credit: Archant

The annual Mods and Rockers ‘invasion’ of Hunstanton organised by a Wisbech business couple attracted around 1,000 motor cyclists on Sunday.

Mods and Rockers 2014, Hunstanton

Mods and Rockers 2014, Hunstanton - Credit: Archant

Ruth and Paul Whitehurst began organising the event 10 years or so ago when on the first Sunday of September the mass exodus to Hunstanton is staged.

Some 200 Mods and Rockers started from McDonald’s car park in Wisbech “and by the time we got to Tesco’s car park in Kings Lynn another 400 or 500 were there to join us” said Mrs Whitehurst.

And with others wending their way through Norfolk roads and from elsewhere the finally tally of bikes gathered up at Hunstanton topped 1,000.

Mrs Whitehurst travelled in customary style – riding pillion on her husband’s 1965 Lambretta which the couple call Larry.

Mods and Rockers 2014, Hunstanton

Mods and Rockers 2014, Hunstanton - Credit: Archant


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“An amazing day, as ever,” said Mrs Whitehurst.

An afternoon of entertainment included a raffle and sale of tea shirts and rally patches and the day raised nearly £800 for motor neurone research: Mrs Whitehurst’s father died from the disease and it’s a charity close to her heart.

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Unlike the 60s the traditional rivalry between Mods and Rockers has dissipated over the years to the point of no longer being there.

“For a start we’ve all got a lot older,” said Mrs Whitehurst. “And besides it’s all gotten too expensive to keep up with the equipment.”

Mods and Rockers 2014, Hunstanton

Mods and Rockers 2014, Hunstanton - Credit: Archant

“Plenty of thanks are due,” she said. “Many helped me, especially Helen who produced the video, Chris and Jordan who sold the tee shirts and Pete who organised the music in the band stand.”

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