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Leek Rugby Club will be hosting all fun, games and beerthis weekend.

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 04, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Farnham Haywood is one of the many talented acts who will be performing at Leek Rugby Club.

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A sporting club will be celebrating its most successful season ever with a weekend of live music and fund-raising activities.

The Leek RUFC Spring Beer Festival will take place on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5.

Alton's Peakstone Rock Brewery will present eight local ales and two cider varieties at the free event.

Saturday will see entertainment for all the family at Esterchem Park as the club's top of the league 1st XV take on Moseley Oak and aim to secure promotion to add to their season's accolade of Midlands Cup final winners. They will be cheered on by Leek's 1985/6 Staffordshire Cup finalists who will be honoured guests at the event.

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Prior to the 3pm kick-off a special marquee in the grounds of the St Edward's Park club will host a vintage fair with a range of stalls selling unique wares and crafts as well as cakes and books, to raise funds for the Myeloma UK charity. Meanwhile, throughout the afternoon there will be a series of fun family activities including an egg and spoon races and three-legged races alongside a fundraising auction and raffle.

Post-match, in addition to the ongoing beer festival, the marquee will be transformed into an evening entertainment venue with sports and music fans all welcome.

The music begins at 6pm when local bands and musicians taking to the stage will include: John Crimes, Farnham Haywood and JR Mountford; Josh Egan, Josh Knight, James Corbishley and Alex Crawford; Drs Mike Williams, Danny Nicholson and Mark Bailey. Then from 8.30pm the clubhouse will rock to sounds from DJ Jon Skirrow.

Leek RUFC President, Gareth Jones, said: "This season has seen the club achieve the most outstanding results in our history and we hope sports enthusiasts from across the Moorlands will join us to celebrate this momentous season in our final league home match.

"The Spring Beer Festival is growing every year and this time we're planning to make the entire weekend a real fun event for all the family. We are also hoping to raise a significant sum for Myeloma UK.

"The charity element of the day is particularly important to us, as members of the team and supporters alike were deeply touched by the recent death of rugby stalwart Craig Busby to this terrible cancer. Craig, who lived in Leeds but has family connections with Leek RUFC, was an inspirational rugby coach who numbers England Coach Stuart Lancaster among the many people whom he trained in his career.

"As ever we are indebted to many local sponsors – not just those supporting the beer festival - but companies large and small across the Moorlands whose generous support makes such a difference to our club.

"The results of their investment can be seen in our most successful season ever, and with more than 250 local boys and girls making up our Sunday morning junior section, we are also assured of a great future."

For more information on the weekend's festivities, fundraising and beer festival line-up, visit www.leekrufc.co.uk.

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