Scooters and soul in the sun

Todmorden northern soul DJ Ginger Taylor and scooter enthusiast Daz Widdup, organisers of the first On The Border scooter rally at Todmorden Cricket Club, April 2011.
Todmorden northern soul DJ Ginger Taylor and scooter enthusiast Daz Widdup, organisers of the first On The Border scooter rally at Todmorden Cricket Club, April 2011.

ORGANISERS of the first On The Border scooter rally were happy with the first event and hope it will become an annual event.

Held at Todmorden Cricket Club, and attracting scooter enthusiasts from Lancashire and Yorkshire, around 70 riders took the chance to swap tips, have a look at memorabilia stalls and enjoy some free music at Todmorden Cricket Club through the afternoon.

And in the evening northern soul DJ Ginger Taylor, linking up again with his old sparring partner Eddie Antemes, packed the club’s function room where soul fans danced the night away.

Ginger, organiser of the event with Todmorden scooter enthusiast Daz Widdup, said a rally like this was a new experience for him and it had gone very well.

“We know now we will make it an annual event. A lot of scooter enthusiasts were on the internet saying they hadn’t been to Todmorden before but had enjoyed the scenery amid and the lovely weather,” he said.

From Stockport to Halifax they came, while some of the scooter club members were joined by Calder Valley soul fans, with large contingents from Hebden Bridge as well as Todmorden, for the night event which saw Ginger reunite with Eddie - legends of the Ukrainian Club heyday 40 years ago - for a night’s music.

“Eddie had an extremely good spot using my records! It was very light hearted and people enjoyed it,” said Ginger.

Ginger is now preparing for a busy few weeks on the soul circuit, including events at Hull, Brighouse, Blackpool Tower and a Twisted Wheel revival in Manchester.