IT is not long now until Leek's main park is transformed into a Country and Western village.
Leek's first ever Country and Western Weekend, which has been organised in memory of community stalwart Steve Povey, will be taking place on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22.
It is being hosted by the Leek Town Council Events Committee which was left £10,000 for such an event by Mr Povey after he sadly died in October 2011.
A spokesman for the Events Committee said: "Steve lived and worked in Leek all his life and one of his many abilities was that of organising events to promote the town which is why he organised a group of people to assist him to carry on that work and so formed the Leek Town Council Events Committee and today, even though he is not with us, we are trying to live up to his dream.
"Steve left the Leek Town Council a sum of money for the Events Committee to – in his words "put on a party for the people of Leek" and so we decided on the 'The Gunfight at the Oatcake Corral' and we are now extending that invitation to the rest of the country - to come and enjoy the party that will be held in the town centre and Brough Park and help us to remember Steve in a way that we hope he would be proud of."
The weekend is set to start on the morning of Saturday, June 21 in the town centre with country music, line dancing displays and lessons for those who wish to learn.
Country and Western re-enactors The Lonestar Group and the Lincoln County Regulators will be 'patrolling' the town before heading off to the park in the afternoon where they will have erected a western town to perform re-enactments for visitors' entertainment and give people the opportunity to take a look into the past and see how the westerners lived.
Country music artists from across the country will be visiting the town to entertain from within a marquee in the park.
These acts will include: Carolann B and Allan Watkiss, Caroline King, Coles Country, Donna Wylde, Monty Montanna, Thorne Hill and Travis Logan.
A fully licensed bar will be in the marquee and various food venders will be on site selling their produce. Local community groups have been invited to be part of this weekend by providing coconut shys, horseshoes and other activities enjoyed during that period to enable them to raise funds for their groups.
The committee spokesperson added: "Well we have done all the hard work in organising this Country and Western weekend, now it is up to people to come along and make it the best 'Yee Ha' weekend imaginable and put a smile on Steve's face."
To see the full programme of events and activities for the Gunfight at the Oatcake Corral, see next week's Leek Post & Times.