PHOP spoke to Barrie Taylor about growing up in South Ockendon and what attracted him to being a Mod.
“Being a part of the MOD culture was via a progressive route. As a Fashion conscious Junior through my mothers persistence in dressing me well and her own fashion drive I was at a very early age into my clothing… what we couldn’t afford my mother made. At the age of 9 I was wearing winkle pickers with three straps across, ‘giddy’ jackets and Italian jumpers and South Ockendon being a MOD nucleus I had little choice in it all… If you weren’t MOD in Ockendon then you were nobody.”
He used to travel down to the seaside resorts in search of new records or just a good time at the local clubs. Sometimes they would encounter rockers but he says often the fights were hyped up by the media.
“I remember all the clashes… Southend/ Clacton/ Margate/ Jaywick/ Brighton/ Hove/ Ramsgate… YES for sure it was blown out of proportion, it was the only one that the press really got hold of so made a meal of it, we had far bigger and better fights in Margate and Southend on Sea…. I was at every battle, Clacton, to be honest, was really a non-event.”