HUNDREDS of Mods rode into Clitheroe this weekend for the annual Ribble Valley Mod Weekender.

Kicking off on Friday the popular event saw a 500-strong cavalcade of Vespas and Lambrettas parade through the town centre on Saturday.

Entertainment continued throughout the weekend at venues including the Grand Theatre while pubs hosted free live music and DJs.

Bands included tribute act The Style Councillors as well as Clitheroe's Joe Publix, Channel Orange, The Ruby Tuesdays and Electric Newt.

Mods came from up and down the country to soak up the atmosphere, check out the fashions and meet old friends at the event which is in its sixth year.

Keith Gilbert, from Burnley, was displaying his Lambretta Series two 1960 scooter and Vespa 1961 which was named Best Mod Scooter.

The 50-year-old said: "It gets bigger and better each year.

"The first time I turned up there were 30 scooters for the parade but now there are four or five hundred.

"We're all in the same scene and into the same music and it is a fantastic feeling to be together."

Mick Hartley, 60, who is also from Burnley and came with his wife Lynn, said he comes every year for the bands and the scooters.

He said: "It is a brilliant atmosphere and the best one round here by far. You really feel a part of something.

"I was a Mod in the seventies and always have been. In the last five or six years there has been more of a resurgence.

"The music and the clothes - that is what it is all about."

Joanne and Pete Fraser had travelled from Manchester.

Joanne said: "It is amazing. Watching the parade gives you goosebumps.

"I saw one bike which had 'Modstalgia' written on it and that is what is about.

Pete said: "It is a way of life - the fashion, the music, the scene, the people. It is part of you.

"We travel up and down the country from Brighton to Bridlington for these gatherings and Clitheroe is one of my favourites. The whole town gets involved and that's why we love it."