Seventh annual March of the Mods at Ryde raises thousands for two charities

The Tonic Ska Choir at March of the Mods 2022.
The Tonic Ska Choir at March of the Mods 2022.

The seventh annual charity March of the Mods raised vital funds for two charities.

This year’s event was held in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust and Tonic Music for Mental Health.

March of the Mods supports the Teenage Cancer Trust, because of the great work it does in supporting young people with cancer, as well as its impressive music reputation.

With patrons such as mod icons Roger Daltrey and Paul Weller, this is a great cause for the March of the Mods community to get behind.

Isle of Wight County Press: The crowd at March of the Mods 2022, held in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.
Isle of Wight County Press: The crowd at March of the Mods 2022, held in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

The crowd at March of the Mods 2022, held in Ryde on the Isle of Wight.

Tonic Music for Mental Health is a charity based on the south coast of England.

It raises mental health awareness, challenges stigma and promotes mental wellbeing through music and the arts.

This year's March of the Mods was a whole day and night full was spent listening to 1960s Mod, beat, jazz, boogaloo and funk with the best of original 60s ska/reggae packing out venues across Ryde seafront.

It saw more than 1,000 attendees visiting The Royal Esplanade Hotel, The Pavilion and the Marine Bar.

The highlights included the incredible uplifting Tonic Ska Choir (main image, top) which provides opportunities for people to come together and sing covers of the biggest ska tunes. It is open to new members of all abilities.

The other favourite of the day had to be Out of Time Band — four local musicians with years of experience playing an assortment of 1960s, 70s and 80s Classic Rock and British Invasion.

Event organiser Steve Robson said: "It’s most definitely been our best event to date! It’s been great to see so many people out enjoying not only the incredible music, but the sunshine too — and all for two amazing charities. We’re still totting up the total, but we’re expecting to have raised £4,000 to £5,000!"