Crepes, drapes and Teddy Boys on the Prom

WELL DRESSED Original Teds show off their new look in the early 1950s
WELL DRESSED Original Teds show off their new look in the early 1950s
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Hundreds of Teds will be making their way to Blackpool... but a picnic will be the last thing on their minds.

Instead the scores of Teddy boys and girls – some now in their late 70s – will be gathering to remember the golden days of rock ’n’ roll.

Original Teds show off their Edwardian look which kick started the movement

Original Teds show off their Edwardian look which kick started the movement

More than 1,000 are expected to descend on the resort to attend the world’s biggest Ted get-together.

The Norbrek Castle hotel plays venue to Ted Do as the event takes place in Blackpool for the first time.

Teddy boys and girls will be coming from as far afield as Scandanavia and Germany to attend the event and their will be some of Europe’s top rock ’n’ roll revival bands to keep them entertained.

The venue will also host vintage clothes and records stalls and probably enough Brylcreem to create a slick across the Irish sea.

Organiser Stuart Hardy

Organiser Stuart Hardy

Organiser Stuart Hardy, himself a life-long Ted, has organised several large scale Ted Dos over the past decade.

He said: “We have held them in the past in places like Scarborough and Mablethorpe, but now we think we have become big enough for Blackpool.

“It is a great place to hold an event like this and we have people coming from all over Europe, and even the States, to listen to some great music and check out the clothes. I can’t wait. It will be fantastic to see hundreds of Teds all dressed up walking along the Prom and enjoying the attractions.

“Some of them have been Teds right since the early 50s. They still wear all the gear and really look the part, spending a fortune on the right clothes.”

As well as tapping a crepe-soled brothel creeper to bands such as Crazy Cavan ’n’ The Rhythm Rockers and The Flying Saucers, fans can also rub a drape-jacketed shoulder with plenty of newcomers to the scene.

“For some of these people it has been a way of life for more than 50 years,” said Stuart. They have devoted their lives to the music and dressing a certain way, so this weekend is going to be one to remember.” n Ted Do takes place on September 26-29

The rise of the Edwardians

Teddy boys first appeared on the streets of London as early as the late 40s.

As clothes were taken off the ration, teenagers were able to have elaborate suits made with long draped jackets which they paired with high-waisted drainpipe trousers, colourful waistcoats and thick crepe soled suede shoes.

At the time well-to-do young men, especially ex-Guardsmen began to wear clothes inspored by the Edwardian era four decades before. Their look was adopted by working class lads, who also adopted long quiff-style hairdos, kept in place with brylcreem.

At first the growing gangs of youths were known as cosh boys and listened to jazz but by the early 50s they had been dubbed Teds - short for Edwardians and were listening to rock n roll.

They first hit the headlines when riots broke out and cinema seats were slashed all over the UK during the first showings of the movie Rock Around The Clock, featuring Bill Haley.