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LeekFest is coming to Leek town centre on August Bank Holiday Monday

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 23, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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Residents and visitors are being invited to a carnival of family fun on August Bank Holiday Monday.

LeekFest will feature a range of activities including a traditional helter skelter, circus skills workshops, a climbing wall, street theatre and a soft play area. Most of the activities are free.

For the adults, live music from local artists, a variety of street food and a craft market featuring Totally Locally traders will the star attractions.

The event begins at 11am on Monday, August 25, and runs right thorough until the evening all along the town's new-look Derby Street and the public realm area.

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Marc Briand, who leads Totally Locally Leek, said: "We're putting on LeekFest to celebrate three years of Totally Locally in Leek. Each year we have done something different and this year we've got a great opportunity to put on an event right in the centre of town.

"After the success of the Cock and Buck story last year we're really pleased that we're able to put the music on in the street and everyone can join in with it and all the other activities taking place.

"I'd like to thank the district and county councils for their support for this event and for helping with the road closure on the day."

The Cock and Buck story, which began last year, is collaboration between The Cock Inn and The Roebuck in Derby Street.

Last summer the pubs both put on live music alternating between each pub, serving each other's beer and encouraging punters to move around between both of the venues..

For 2014 the festival is now in the street between the two pubs featuring a line up of local bands playing from midday until 8pm.

Nick Bradstreet from The Roebuck said: "I was really pleased when I heard that we'd got the okay for using Derby Street – this is promising to be a wonderful day to be in Leek."

Lynne Ward from the Cock Inn said: "It was just like the old days last year with everyone moving between the Cock Inn and The Roebuck. Having this event in the street will be even better this year and I'm really looking forward to all of the other activities planned, especially for the younger children in Sparrow Park at the end of Derby Street."

Councillor Sybil Ralphs, Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council and portfolio holder for regeneration, said of LeekFest: "Leek is enjoying a renaissance which has seen millions of pounds being invested in the town.

"These improvement works along Derby Street and to the public realm provide locals and visitors to the town centre with a quality environment in which to shop and spend leisure time.

"This investment is being matched by traders, many of whom have made improvements to their shop fronts. Leek is a special town with a reputation for quality and this event is a chance for the local community to come together with family and friends to enjoy their new-look town centre."

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