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Birnie Blunt

Birnie a Mod in the mid 1960s

“You may not think so… but you’re walking around in a uniform. You don’t know it, even your private clothes is a uniform”.

“The mods were gentlemen or thought they were… And you had the rockers who were ‘greasemonkies’… because they were all on motorbikes, and dirty and greasy and always taking their motorbikes apart. Whereas the mods had scooters.

  • They had two kinds of shoes, which were either what we call winkle pickers, which were very pointed, which you can still get nowadays, or ‘chisels’, which were pointed but chopped off.
  • And then clothes, the trousers would be very tight fitting, the jacket would be buttoned right up to here, about three or four buttons, all nice colours.
  • And the ones that normally rode the scooters, the Lambrettas, vespers, would have what they called a parka. It’s a coat and it has a hood. They were the original hoodie. They used to have fur round the edge.”


“It was an experience that was very good. Because I enjoyed that time. But yo
u were able to learn from it… you learn from these things and you’re able to move on, and that’s why at the age of twenty I was able to turn my back on it and walk away… I went into the Youth Service. I found that working with them was a lot better than working against them”.


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Elizabeth Beadle

Elizabeth a Mod and then a Skinhead from 1970

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“When I was 14 or 15 I became a mod. And then I was a Skinhead after that. That was just the fashion at the time”

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“…when you’ve got a picture of Skinheads now… they look like they’re anti-Semitic, they’re anti-everything unless you’re white British. At that point when we were Skinheads it was more just of a fashion statement – we used to have black kids who were Skinheads with us, they wore all the same clothes.”



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Mick Bray

Mick a Mod in the early 1960s.

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“I’m going to take you back to 1962, 63, 64 when the mods were just beginning to emerge in Southend… we were the early mods”

modMick is centre, in stripy top and cap.

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