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Teddy Boys And Girls At The Long Bar – Southend 1972

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Drinking at the Long Bar - Southend on Sea

Drinking at the Long Bar – Southend on Sea. Copyright V&A


The priceless footage of Teddy Boys & Girls dancing and talking about their cult lifestyle in the early 70s at the bottom of this post comes from the East Anglian Film Archive, which provides access to 200 hours of moving images relating to the part of the UK 100-or-so miles east of London.


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Interviewer: “What do you look for in a Ted fella?” Girl: “Aggro…”


The film was later edited into a news item for regional broadcaster Anglia TV about the Teds flocking to 50s nights held at the Long Bar in the coastal town of Southend.


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Husband and wife Teds: he bought his first drape in 1949, when he was 16

Among the interviewees is the Long Bar proprietor known as “Ma” and an original neo-Edwardian who bought his first drape suit in 1949 (when Saville Row’s failed attempt to market the style to its customers first gave way to adoption by working class youth).


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Watch the footage here:



The EAFA is at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. Visit the Archive’s site here.

  • Father Otoole

    Interesting because “Rockabilly” started around Elivis mid 50s. but this man states he owned his first drape since 1949. Punk wasn’t coined in 1974 re: the Ramons or NYDolls. It was Ramones reliving the 1959 Garage Punk scene which the Beatles were a garage punk band in the late 50s prior to them going to Mod. Mod and Punks fighting. very known in the 1960s. Zuitsuits popular in Hispanic American culture was the 1940s as well. So when did ProtoPunk/Rock a Billy truly start. For all we know, Pre WWII.