MODS from all over the country descended on the seafront for their annual August Bank Holiday meet-up.

Hundreds of gleaming scooters lined Madeira Drive in Brighton as their owners celebrated mod history, culture and music.

Last year's event was low key due to lockdown restrictions, but this year the mods were back in force and big crowds turned out to admire their scooters.

Husband and wife Dave and Kay Porter travelled down from Manchester for the event.

Kay said: "We were on the beach at six o'clock this morning, we love Brighton, and we would move here if we could.

"This is our passion and our life. It has been in our blood since the age of ten, and it is something that will never go away.

"This is amazing. What Brighton does for us as a team is everything. It has everything in it, and coming to this event is like coming home every year."

The couple are friends of Gary Shail, who played Spider in the cult mod film Quadrophenia, which was filmed partly in Brighton.

The Argus: Dave and Kay Porter with Quadrophenia star Gary ShailDave and Kay Porter with Quadrophenia star Gary Shail

Kay said the Mod Weekender allows them a chance to live the life they would like to live every day - and people were already planning next year's visit.

Mod Tristan Long, from Norfolk, was joining the event for the first time.

He said: "It is my first time here, and it is fantastic.

"Mods are a different breed to skinheads and punks, and having us all here in our spiritual home is just incredible."

A big draw for visitors is the chance to see the customised Italian scooters and watch the mods ride en masse to the seafront.

Dave Davis from Basingstoke, who has been a mod since 1968, said: "It is nice to see some many people with their old scooters.

"You had to live in the time to truly understand it, the change of music changed more than just our country, but the world.

"The scooters people bring down are stunning. You only have to look at the details to see how much work everyone puts into their pride and joy."

The event will continue today and tomorrow.

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