A film star has been on show in Margate today (May 25) – the Union Jack Scooter from 1979 film Quadrophenia.
The scooter was on display and accompanied by its owner Royston Edwards. with Max Aldous and Laura Dickson.
Originally hand painted to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, its claim to fame came in 1978 when Royston rode it, as a film extra, in the cult movie, released the following year.
Since that time the 1963 Lambretta TV200, bought for Royston by his dad in 1969 for £25, has also been used by The Who at various events, appeared on album covers, had a ‘reunion’ with Roger Daltrey at Knebworth in 1984 and been used on various photoshoots.
The Lambretta is the only original scooter left from the film and is the same mint condition today as it was in 1978.
The Mod and Sixties weekend runs until the end of tomorrow (May 26) and is headlined by the Spitfires, Graham Day and the Forefathers, and Big Boss Man and The Baron Four.
Daytime events in Market Place include live music, DJs and market with the scooter run taking place midday tomorrow..
All evening events take place at Olby’s Soul Café in King Street.
The venue hosts three spaces including the soul café and The Dug Out basement club room.
Report and photos John Horton
79 not 78 40th anniversary this year
Thanks, he did his filming in ’78, didn’t realise the release was not until the following year (do remember watching it as a kid though!)