In pictures: Big Mayday East End Scooter Festival in East Ham

The Big East End Scooter Festival at Central Hotel, Barking Road, East Ham.

The Big East End Scooter Festival at Central Hotel, Barking Road, East Ham. - Credit: Archant

The streets were gleaming with shining scooters on the hottest day of the year so far as hundreds parked up for the Big Mayday East End Scooter Festival.

More than 500 self-confessed Mods and scooting enthusiasts were estimated to have turned up to ride together and compare around 250 scooters yesterday at the Central Hotel on Barking Road, East Ham.

Organiser Gary Firmager has been riding scooters since the late 70s.

He said: “It was a fantastic day out and one of the best festivals in east London’s history since the ‘60s.

“Everyone enjoyed the music and the sunshine really made it.

“We had people from as far away as Newcastle and Grimsby come down for it, one bloke flew in from Holland, and another from the Costa del Sol.”

Four bands - The Weller Collective, The Mannequins, The Astronauts, and P45 - also entertained the crowds with their sun-splashed reggae tunes.

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To see more pictures from the festival by photographer Ellie Hoskins, click on the link on the right hand side bar.

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