It’s Todrophenia as scooter clubs headed for valley!

At On the Border scooter Rally at Todmorden Cricket Club - members of the Halifax Elite Scooter Club
At On the Border scooter Rally at Todmorden Cricket Club - members of the Halifax Elite Scooter Club

IT was not so much Quadrophenia as Todrophenia as the steady buzz of two-stroke engines saw riders converge on the Calder Valley to enjoy the second On The Border scooter rally.

Riders from over a dozen scooter clubs made their way to the free event, with music, at Todmorden Cricket Club’s Centre Vale ground.

Organised by the Rochdale-based Mystery Tours Scooter Club, which has members from Todmorden, around 130 scooters were seen heading through the town from clubs which included Vesperados of Salford, Mutt’s Nutts of Halifax, Halifax Elite, Halifax Dukes, South Bradford, Burnley and Pendle, Widnes, Tameside Night Owls, Manchester Lyons, Oldham Phoenix, Rochdale Mashers and El Scorchio of Chadderton and Oldham, as well as the host club.

The sound of two-stroke engines buzzing through the town heralded a steady stream of vintage Lambrettas and Vespas, proudly ridden by their owners to the meet.

The day stayed fine and with a steady stream of other visitors and locals taking the chance to have a look round, sample some free music and talk to the riders, an enjoyable afternoon was in propsect.

First on stage in the club were Small Weller, who played Jam and Paul Weller hits to a good standard in a packed fuction room. A short break allowed Two Tone Tony spin some classic mod, ska and soul sounds before 28 Years Late covered punk and new wave hits. In between all three acts things took a smoother turn musically with female vocalist Michelle covering hits sung by artists like Adele and Amy Winehouse. More sets by Small Weller and 28 Years Late completed the afternoon, while in the evening many rally-goers stayed in town to see 10 Ft Fez propell their way through more punk and new wave hits at the Polished Knob on Burnley Road, another packed house.

There was also some good sporting fare on offer - Lancashire League Todmorden CC and Central Lancashire League side Walsden played their traditional derby match that afternoon. A Mystery Tours SC spokesman explained that part of the aim of the rally was to bring people into town and put on some good entertainment for visitors and local people alike, spending money in the town and seeing what it had to offer. “This year attendance was more than doubled and a massive thanks goes to all that supported the day - another event in Todmorden, bringing people to the town.

“Thanks to all at Todmorden Cricket Club from Mystery Tours SC for their help in staging the event. We hope to see people again next year,” he said.

For more details on the scooter club, including events and rallies, and images from them, Mystery Tours SC are on Facebook.