Modern mods capture Norwich’s thriving scene on camera

For many people, the mod scene is thought to be about the 1960s, sharp suits and the film Quadrophenia.

But a group of Norwich mods have taken it upon themselves to capture the 2012 scene on camera to show it is still a thriving way of life.

Photographers Neil Smith and Vincent Betts spent six months attending events around the city to get an insight on the present day.

And yesterday the pair showcased more than 70 images in print and another 80 on an electronic slideshow at the Dog House Bar, in St Georges Street, Norwich, from 1pm to 6pm.

Original pop art by Paul Garner was also on display, while DJ Steve Greensides provided music and St Magdalen Street-based shop Mod One set up a trade area.

A scooter rally involving around 30 vehicles also marked the event.

Organiser Richard Fulcher said last night: 'I think the 1960s era has been covered quite a lot. Mod is not a period of time, which a lot of people mistake it for, but a lifestyle and a culture.

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'We are not all looking to the past – it's a forward-looking scene. The roots are very much in the past but now the style is modern, not just 1960s.

'The event went ever so well and we had 150 people throughout the day.

'We have certainly captured 2012 heavily and it's now about catching our breath and see where it takes us.'

Have you got a special event planned in Norwich? Call reporter Richard Wheeler on 01603 772474 or email

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