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Margate, Mods, Rockers - Dolly and Len Were There!

“Rose to a lovely day, Len decided we should have a good day out, so we made a flask and put in biscuits, cake and set out. We sailed by lots of queues of cars. Len is so sure and knowing the road helped, he just used the centre lane most of the time. When we reached Margate we saw police in 2s and 3s every few yards, so they must have been expecting trouble. There were lots of Mod youngsters and skin heads too. They are so silly to congregate, it looks like trouble when there is none. We went into a little cafe we like, just off Northdown Road, and there was an oldish chappie who was complaining of damage which had been done in and around the caves which are under Margate. There had been buses set alight too. So senseless. We sat in deck chairs and enjoyed the sun, then Len went and bought sausage roll and chips and we had it in the fresh air. Very nice. Later we had a tea and, after relaxing for a while, we had a 99 ice cream. Lovely. Before we sat down to relax, Len said he would have a drink and I had a bitter lemon. Very nice. While there we discovered how to use the camera properly and took a picture of each other. When we were on the way home...we saw police cars with a couple of skin heads hand-cuffed together, so there must have been something going on. It is just a few youngsters who make the trouble...”

 

This is my Mum’s first-hand account of the Mods and Rockers Battle of Margate on Bank Holiday Monday, August 1980! I am pleased to note that my parents didn’t allow the goings-on to spoil their lovely day out at the seaside, complete with sausage roll and chips, 99 ice creams and a bitter lemon (Mum always chose a bitter lemon – I never knew why, it's such a horrid drink!) Most of all I love it when Mum describes how they finally discovered how to use the camera and “took a picture of each other.” Priceless!

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26.10 | 14:21

Mmm, was it because there were '24 men kicking a ball' that it didn't end entirely satisfactorily???

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15.10 | 11:13

I don't remember seeing this first time round.... but thank you for sharing with me. You write beautifully, and brought a tear to my eyes. Lots of love xx

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10.10 | 21:37

Jaqui I think your grandchildren are very lucky. You have spurred me on to write a letter to Amelia who like Hazel is away from home for the first time. 💕

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03.07 | 22:43

Wouldn't have missed it for the world. xx

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