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Leek set to transform into the Wild West in memory of the late Steve Povey

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 22, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Steve Povey at the Leek 800 Market Charter Celebrations in 2007.

  • Steve Povey in 2010

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A TOWN centre and park are set to be turned into the Wild West this summer – in memory of a community stalwart.

A Country and Western Weekend will be held in Leek on Saturday, June 21, and Sunday, June 22.

The event is being organised by the Leek Town Council Events Committee, which was left £10,000 by the late Councillor Steve Povey.

Mr Povey had chaired the committee for many years, taking the lead on events such as the Leek Christmas Lights Switch On, the one-off Leek 800 Market Charter Celebrations in 2007, St George's Day celebrations, the Leek Living Nativity, and many other events in the town.

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The Country and Western Weekend, which will be free due to the costs being met by Mr Povey's bequest, is set to include a mass line dance in Derby Street, as well as a number of re-enactment shoot-outs at the 'Oatcake Corral' in both Leek town centre and Brough Park.

The re-enactments will be provided by Lincoln Country Regulators and The Lonestar Group, and take place over both days of the weekend. The actors will also set up camp in Brough Park, giving visitors the opportunity to step into the wild west era.

A number of Country and Western bands and soloists have also been enlisted to provide live music throughout the weekend, mainly from within a large marquee which will be erected, with accompanying wooden dance floor, in Brough Park.

The music acts are to include Carolann B, Caroline King, Coles Country, Donna Wylde, Monty Montanna, Thorne Hill, and Travis Logan.

There will be a mobile bar available in Brough Park during the evenings' entertainment, and trade stalls will also be offering Country and Western focused wares.

Camping is being made available for visitors to the town at the Macclesfield Road grounds of Leek Hockey Club.

Mr Povey, who was also well-known for his involvement in the Pied-Poudre events which used to take place in Leek, was a county, district and town councillor when he passed away in October 2011 after losing his battle with cancer.

His son, Alex Povey, who is now a town councillor, said: "I think the Country and Western Event looks good. I hope it is a packed weekend and that everyone comes out and gets involved.

"It would be nice to see all the people who helped my dad in organising town events over the years come out and help.

"As my dad always said; many hands make light work."

Alex added: "I think my dad would approve of the event, but I do feel that it could have a bit more focus on him to celebrate what he did for the town.

"I know he didn't leave the money to the events committee for his name, but to do his bit for the community. That's what he did best.

"I wish I had more time myself to be able to help with this event, but I do think that it is in good hands.

"Povey's Oatcakes will be there – that's important. And dad will be there in the form of a cardboard cutout of him."

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