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PICTURES: Leek Club Day 2014

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

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Hundreds of people turned out for an annual tradition in the Staffordshire Moorlands at the weekend.

The weather stayed fine for this year's Leek Club Day, which saw an open air service in the town's Market Place led by Reverend Michael Etheridge on behalf of Waterhouses Methodist Church, which led this year's parade through town.

A total of 11 churches took part in the service and procession, which is also locally known as Walking Round Day.

Kicking off the celebrations was 'Moorlands Praise' which entertained the gathering crowds in the Market Place until a lone piper led the first of the churches into the cobbled area.

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Waterhouses Methodist Church led the event for the very first time, and with the theme of 'Jesus – Light of the world'. Church members handed out bright yellow wrist bands, reminding people of the theme.

Running alongside the theme was the message that the Christian community needs to be the light for the world.

Leading the service, Reverend Etheridge spoke about volunteers working in Leek Foodbank, @21 and Synapse, and explained Street Pastors were examples of being that light.

Organiser of Leek Club Day, Pat Baldwin, said: "I would like to thank all the people who helped in any way to once again make Leek Club Day such a memorable event in our town.

"'I praise you for the rain...' was the first of the songs for the afternoon worship, but our prayers for Saturday were for sunshine. We didn't quite get the 'sun in the blue, blue sky' but God was good to us and the clouds kept it from being too hot."

Other songs which the crowds joined in on during the service on Saturday included 'Great Big God', 'Shine Jesus Shine', 'This Little Light of Mine' and 'We Are Marching' – some of which also included signs and actions.

After the outdoor service, Waterhouses Methodist Church led the way for the traditional procession through the streets of Leek, which circled down Stockwell Street, up Buxton Road, along Osbourne Street, down Fountain Street, before heading along Derby Street and back up to Market Place.

Pat's husband, Alan, added: "It was good to see so many people there enjoying themselves, some being part of the day for the first time, others having been coming for decades.

"One lady remembers coming when she was seven, in the 1920s. Some came from just around the corner, others from far away.

"A group from the West-Country said that they had never seen anything like Leek Club Day. People came from Scotland and Wales especially for Club Day.

"It's good to continue this traditional event, with some of the girls in pretty dresses and boys in smart outfits. The uniformed organisations were there of course; Scouts, Guides, Cubs, Rainbows Beavers and the bands.

"We hope everyone enjoyed Leek Club Day and we look forward to next year's event."

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