Lowestoft weekender allows fans to ‘Rock Around The Clock’

Wildest Cats in Town Rock n Roll Weekender 2016 - pics Mick Howes

Wildest Cats in Town Rock n Roll Weekender 2016 - pics Mick Howes - Credit: Archant

The town was well and truly rocking and rolling as a celebration of 1950s music, cars and fashion brought the past to life.

Wildest Cats in Town 2016

Wildest Cats in Town 2016 - Credit: Archant

Last Sunday, the Royal Green was taken over by the Wildest Cats In Town Classic Cruise – as hundreds of classic cars, motorbikes and trikes roared into town.

The convoy of vehicles had paraded their way down from Pontin's, Pakefield at noon, attracting waves and offering many photo opportunities for passers-by.

Coach-loads of rock 'n' roll fans were also driven to the event from Pontin's where they had been staying for the 15th Wildest Cats In Town Rock 'N' Roll Weekender.

As well as admiring the vintage vehicles, the large crowd on the Royal Green were entertained by live music from 32 bands; which had many cool cats jiving and swivelling their hips including Lowestoft mayor Nick Webb, who said: 'It is fantastic once again to see everyone coming out and supporting an event like this. I was brought up on 1950s and 60s rock 'n' roll, Elvis is a big part of my music collection, so I am really enjoying the live music.

'It's another event that puts Lowestoft on the map, there's nothing else like it in the area that is so well supported.'

A sea of quiffs, big sideburns, floral dresses and leather jackets flooded the Lowestoft seafront singing along to their favourite 50s tunes from the likes of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley at the annual event organised by the Tennessee Club – run by Ritchie Gee and his partner Kathy Cole – who met at Pontin's Pakefield in 2002.

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Mr Gee, who has been involved in rock 'n' roll for 45 years, explained: 'It's a way of life; we have people coming here from all over Europe and as far away as Australia and Japan!

'We are like one big family and really enjoy bringing back the 1950s friendly fun with quality music from some of the best bands around.

'This event gets bigger and better every year, my team and I do it for the love of the music which makes us feel and look young.'

To find out more visit www.tennesseeclub.net.

Are you organising a community event in Lowestoft or Southwold this summer? Call 01502 525820 or email lowestoft.journal@archant.co.uk

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