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Leek's Club Day will be taking place on Saturday, July 12

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 10, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Last year's Leek Club Day.

  • Last year's Leek Club Day.

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An annual tradition, which is more than 200 years old, will be staged in the Staffordshire Moorlands this weekend.

Leek's Club Day, which is also known as 'Walking Round Day' will take place on Saturday, July 12, and this year 11 churches are taking part.

Waterhouses Methodist Church will be the leading church this year.

It is leading the proceedings for the very first time, and has have chosen the theme 'Jesus – the Light of the World'.

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The service in the Market Place will be led by the Reverend Michael Etheridge.

He said: "I think it is going to be a lot of fun.

"There service will challenge us to be lights in the world. We will be using that theme for refection and worship.

"The children of Waterhouses Chapel will be signing 'This Little Light Of Mine – making it a rather funky version of the song which is sung in many schools within the area.

"All we hope for now is good weather. Leek's Club Day is a great day for all the community."

Organiser of Leek Club Day, Pat Baldwin, said: "In recent years there has been nearly 1,000 people in the procession, as well as hundreds of people watching, and this year we are hoping to beat that 1,000 walkers mark."

Leek Club Day is a multi-church Christian Festival which is organised by a committee whose members attend churches in Leek and the surrounding area.

It has seen many changes in its over 200 year history and the committee has adapted the event to be inline with modern society.

Mrs Baldwin said: "Leek Club Day starts with modern praise music in the Market Place, led by Moorlands Praise, starting at 1.30pm and, as the crowds start to gather, the churches, schools and groups progress into the centre from their various churches, starting to arrive at about 2.20pm.

"When everyone has gathered the short open-air service starts, at about 2.30pm.

By 3pm the main procession will start to leave the Market Place, turning right into Stockwell Street and so on round the town."

There will be a Market Place car park Closure Order which will come into effect on Friday, July 11, from 6pm until Saturday, July 12, at 4pm.

Road Closure Orders will also be in place on Saturday from 1pm until 4pm.

Mrs Baldwin added: "Diversion routes avoiding the town centre will be in operation and clearly sign-posted.

"We are liaising with the police, local authorities and their contractors to minimise any disruption, but we are sorry for any delays that may occur."

Programme for Leek Club Day 2014

1.30pm: 'Moorlands Praise' sing modern worship songs and people begin to gather, initially in small numbers, in the Market Place to listen. This involves singers and instrumentalists.

2.20pm: Churches, some with bands and many accompanied by young people's uniformed groups , parade into the Market Place and Youth Praise.

2.30pm: Public Worship starts, including hymns/songs and a band or music group.

3pm: The church groups and bands leave the Market Place in procession around the town and the crowd watches.

The procession route will be: Stockwell Street, Buxton Road, Osbourne Street, Fountain Street, Derby Street returning to the Market Place where participants will disperse to their own various venues for tea.

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