Norwich will be overtaken by a March of the Mods next month.

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The Norwich leg of a nationwide event raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust, will take place on Sunday, March 3 at Epic Studios, Magdalen Street, and will feature all things “Mod”.

Expect clean cut suits, shining scooters and bands taking those attending on a journey through the 60s.

With bands from across the UK playing at the event, Norwich is lucky enough to have one of the most iconic acts of the mod revival movements, The Purple Hearts, headlining the night.

Jane Gosling, owner of Mod One on Magdalen Street, said: “March of the Mods is taking place up and down the country and we are really pleased that we have one of the biggest events here in Norwich.”

The day will begin with scooters riding out from Epic Studios at 11am, followed by a fashion show at 12.30 showcasing classic 60s clothing and including the launch of Mod One’s own range of ladies dresses.

Ms Gosling said: “The scooter ride out will be a magnificent sight as dozens and dozens of scooters are brought polished and gleaming for a convoy journey through the city.”

From 2pm, music from the Mod era will be played by bands giving up their time in aid of charity.

Liverpool Mod fan Eddie Penny created the event and said: “Music is a passion. Seeing unknown bands pay out of their own pocket to travel over 200 miles and then play for free for a cancer charity only fuels that passion for you to join in yourself.

“People inspire you in life to do things you never thought you would, the reward is priceless, the pride in what you all achieve, never-ending.”

Barclays is matching any money raised pound for pound for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity dedicated to improving the quality of life and chances of survival for young people with cancer aged between 13 and 24.

By opening specialist units for young people, the Trust hopes to create a “home away from home”.

The first unit in East Anglia was opened at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, primarily paid for with fundraising within East Anglia.

Bands playing on the night include SkaFace.UK, The Changlings, Stranger Culture, Sta Prest, The Loop, The Weller Council, The Downsetters and The Purple Hearts.

Doors open at 11am at Epic Studios with stalls, the fashion show at 12.30pm and the first band at 2pm.

Tickets cost £10 in advance from Mod One, 01603 616132; Epic Studios, 01603 727727 or www.epic-tv.com

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