Paul Weller Exhibition in Brighton had a successful first week

A FAIR for mod lovers saw thousands through their door in its first week.

This is the Modern World, an exhibition about mod groups The Jam and The Style Council, opened exactly a week ago, on July 29th, in Valley Gardens, Brighton.

The exhibition was largely organized by Paul Weller’s sister, Nicky Weller, who encouraged fans to bring their memorabilia to be displayed at the outdoor exhibition.

Nicky, who ran fan club The Jam in the ’70s, has given tours to dozens of people every day.

The Argus: Nicky and Paul WellerNicky and Paul Weller

The 57-year-old told The Argus: “It’s got a mix of both bands in the tent, then outside there are containers dedicated to the Jam Fan Club and there’s an area dedicated to my dad.

“We also have a cinema at the back with unseen footage. It’s a couple of hours of walking and checking everything. There’s a lot of content to tackle!

“We expect to be very busy, especially with some of the upcoming mod weekends. We have the Quadrophenia cast on the holiday weekend.

The Argus: Paul Weller's guitars in the exhibitionPaul Weller guitars in the exhibition

“Peterskirche allowed us to use it as a music venue. We had Gentleman’s Dub Club last night, Nick Heyward tonight which will be great, Saturday is The Rifles who used to support Paul.

“A lot of scooter clubs come on Sundays. We have a nice lawned area with a bar so hopefully everyone can park their scooters for the day while they are here.

“I didn’t know what to expect from the venue, I had only seen it on paper. When we showed up the set builders were absolutely amazing.

The Argus: The exhibit has behind-the-scenes footage and images. Pictured are Paul Weller and Steve WhiteThe exhibition includes behind-the-scenes footage and images. Pictured are Paul Weller and Steve White

“It was transformed in this tent, I urge everyone to come down and see for themselves.”

Original members of The Jam Paul Weller and Bruce Foxton will also be joining us, as will Steve White of The Style Council.

Style Council keyboardist Mick Talbot was in attendance for a question and answer session but will be making a return. Jam drummer Rick Buckler also performed at the exhibition.

The Argus: More memorabilia in the exhibitionMore memorabilia in the exhibition

Nicky previously told The Argus how fans used to steal bowling shoes from local bowling alleys to recreate their heroes with ‘jam stage shoes’.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate for the exhibition, which runs from 11am to 7pm daily. Paul Weller Exhibition in Brighton had a successful first week

Fry Electronics Team

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