Mods and Rockers join Matt’s campaign

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IT’S not often that Mods and Rockers see eye to eye.

But that’s exactly what happened when the two groups joined as one to support a campaign to gain justice for a Sheffield teenager who was killed abroad.

Dozens of leather-clad bikers joined a two-tone wearing Mods at Matt Fest - a special concert in memory of Matthew Cryer.

Matt, who grew up in Frechevile and Killamarsh, died aged just 17 after being pushed down the stairs by bouncers at a nightclub in Zante on his first holiday with his parents.

An inquest ruled he was unlawfully killed

The Mods and Rockers were joined by hundreds of revellers at The Birley Hotel in Frecheville for a day-long event featuring local DJs and top tribute band The Clashed.

Around 45 scooter riders from three clubs - Seven Hills, Nomads and Wideboys - danced along with dozens of members of Mosborough-based British Oak Bikers who proved their hearts are every bit as big as their magnificent machines.

Biker and rocker Deb Marshall, aged 50, of Middlewood, said: “I read about Matt Fest on Facebook and I knew Matt’s story having read about it in The Star.

“I told the group and they all agreed that supporting the campaign to bring those responsible for Matt’s death to justice was something we would like to support.”

Matt’s dad David said the family was very pleased at the number of people who turned out to make the festival such a success.

“We are really grateful to everyone who supported us,” he said.

“There was great music, a collection of fantastic bikes and scooters to look at, and everyone had a fantastic time.”