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PICTURES of the first ever LeekFest in Leek town centre

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Families enjoy entertainment by Extreme Mountain Bike Show in Derby Street as part of LeekFest.

  • Families enjoy entertainment by Extreme Mountain Bike Show in Derby Street as part of LeekFest.

  • Families enjoy entertainment by Extreme Mountain Bike Show in Derby Street.

  • Families enjoy a variety of activities in Derby Street as part of LeekFest.

  • Gethyn Glanwyn-Milward, aged six, has a go on the balance rope.

  • Gethyn Glanwyn-Milward, aged six, with juggling clubs in Derby Street during LeekFest.

  • Gethyn Glanwyn-Milward, aged six, with juggling clubs in Derby Street during LeekFest.

  • Families enjoy a variety of activities.

  • Freelance photographer Brett Trafford with one of the 'I Love Leek' badges which were on offer during LeekFest.

  • Artists Jon Green and Cathey Yardley at their stall in the Totally Locally Market which was part of the LeekFest.

  • Leek's own Dominic 'Chuck Berry' Cooper and friends perform as part of LeekFest.

  • Leek's own Dominic 'Chuck Berry' Cooper and friends perform as part of LeekFest.

  • Leek's own Dominic 'Chuck Berry' Cooper and friends performing in Derby Street as part of LeekFest.

  • Leek's own Dominic 'Chuck Berry' Cooper and friends performing in Derby Street as part of LeekFest.

  • Leek's own Dominic 'Chuck Berry' Cooper and friends performing in Derby Street.

  • Crowds enjoy wathcing Leek's own Dominic 'Chuck Berry' Cooper and friends performing in Derby Street as part of LeekFest.

  • Crowds enjoy wathcing Leek's own Dominic 'Chuck Berry' Cooper and friends performing in Derby Street as part of LeekFest.

  • Crowds enjoy wathcing Leek's own Dominic 'Chuck Berry' Cooper and friends performing in Derby Street as part of LeekFest.

  • Crowds enjoy wathcing Leek's own Dominic 'Chuck Berry' Cooper and friends performing in Derby Street as part of LeekFest.

  • Enjoying the LeekFest soft play area, Joby McKee, aged three from Suffolk (left), and Jackson Baker, aged three of Leek (right).

  • Enjoying the LeekFest soft play area, Joby McKee, aged three from Suffolk.

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A town centre event has been hailed a success despite wet weather on the day.

Leek's first ever LeekFest took place on Bank Holiday Monday and saw a whole host of activities for all the family lining the town's main shopping area of Derby Street.

All children's activities, except for the Helter Skelter, were free of charge including juggling, a balance rope, hola hoops, and other circus themed activities, along with a soft play area and a climbing wall.

For the adults, there was live music in the middle of Derby Street from a stage between The Roebuck and The Cock pubs.

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Tables and chairs were laid out for revellers to sit and enjoy refreshment as well as listen to music by a variety of acts.

There was also an array of locally produced and created wares on sale and for sale as part of the Totally Locally Market, which was part of the event.

Additional street entertainment was put on in a small arena area at the top end of Derby Street including from the Extreme Mountain Bike Show.

Organiser of LeekFest Marc Briand said: "I would like to thank everyone who came out for LeekFest despite the weather, which was wet but not too bad.

"It is great to be able to use the space in Derby Street for an event like this regardless of what people think about the rights or wrongs of what has been done in Derby Street.

"It's great to put on events like this. To be honest, we would not have been able to put this on in such a scale before."

Stacey Milward, aged 24, who lives in Leek, took her three children to have a look around LeekFest. She said: "It is a shame about the weather but the children have been happy to be out."

Louise Baker, aged 25, of Leek, said: "It is nice to have something like this on in Leek.

"The kids have really had a great time. A big well done must go to the organisers of LeekFest. They have done a really good job."

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