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Successful Country & Western Weekend in Leek in memory of the late Steve Povey

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 25, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Alex Povey (Steve Povey's son) enjoying the Country and Western Weekend in Leek's Brough Park.

  • Patricia Parkinson enjoying Brough Park.

  • Ian Stevenson 'Lefty' from Stafford enjoying the Country and Western Weekend in Leek's Brough Park.

  • John Edwards from Abbey Hulton enjoying the Country and Western Weekend in Leek's Brough Park.

  • Graham Robinson and partner Jennifer Lawton.

  • Cowboy John Bainbridge from Blythe Bridge cooling off whilst enjoying the Country and Western Weekend in Leek's Brough Park.

  • Cowboy John Bainbridge from Blythe Bridge cooling off in Brough Park.

  • Crowds enjoying the Country and Western Weekend in Leek's Brough Park.

  • Crowds enjoying the Country and Western Weekend in Leek's Brough Park.

  • Jed Wilson, Chris (Grizzly) Bethel, Kevin Hulme and Dennis Salt in cowboy costume enjoying the Country and Western Weekend in Leek's Brough Park.

  • Chris (Grizzly) Bethel in cowboy costume enjoying the Country and Western Weekend in Leek's Brough Park.

  • Right, Chris (Grizzly) Bethel in his cowboy costume – complete with six-shooter.

  • Chris (Grizzly) Bethel in cowboy costume enjoying the Country and Western Weekend in Leek's Brough Park.

  • Chris (Grizzly) Bethel in cowboy costume enjoying the Country and Western Weekend in Leek's Brough Park.

  • Pictured is left to right is Dennis Salt, Kevin Hulme, Chris (Grizzly) Bethel and Jed Wilson in cowboy costume enjoying the Country and Western Weekend in Leek's Brough Park.

  • Visitors to Brough Park take part in the line-dancing within the marquee by the bandstand.

  • Visitors to Brough Park take part in the line-dancing within the marquee by the bandstand.

  • From the left, Holly Mayland, aged eight, with one of the re-enactors, and ten-year-old Amy Mayland in Leek town centre on Saturday morning.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre with Leek Town Mayor Keith Harrison (fifth from the right) and his wife Gill (seventh from the right).

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Left, some of the re-enactors, dressed in appropriate Wild West attire, pose for the camera in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Members of the Leek Town Council Events Committee Anthony Matthewson and Brian Pointon.

  • From the left, Leek Town Mayor Keith Harrison, chairman of the Leek Town Council Events Committee councillor Barry Cowie, Gill Harrison, and councillor Pam Wood, also a member of the Leek Town Council Events Committee.

  • Leek Town Mayor Keith Harrison (right) and his wife Gill.

  • Leek Town Mayor Keith Harrison (right) and his wife Gill.

  • Andy Povey (Steve Povey's brother) and Alex Povey (Steve Povey's son).

  • The Povey family.

  • Line-dancing in Leek town council.

  • Line-dancing in Derby Street.

  • Line-dancing in Leek town council.

  • Line-dancing in Leek town council.

  • Line-dancing in Leek town council.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Ian Stevenson 'Lefty' from Stafford enjoying the Country and Western Weekend in Leek's Brough Park.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Some of the re-enactors in Leek town centre.

  • Visitors in Leek town centre all dressed up for the Country and Western Weekend.

  • Re-enactors join in providing musical entertainment with the Salvation Army Band.

  • Re-enactors join in providing musical entertainment with the Salvation Army Band.

  • The shoot-out in Leek town centre on Saturday.

  • The shoot-out in Leek town centre on Saturday.

  • The shoot-out in Leek town centre on Saturday.

  • The shoot-out in Leek town centre on Saturday.

  • The shoot-out in Leek town centre on Saturday.

  • Members of the Leek Town Council Events Committee, from the left, councillor Pam Wood and Anthony Matthewson.

  • Minnie and Mickey Mouse with Malcolm Jeffries from Leek Pet and Fishing Centre.

  • Harry Chandler, aged ten of Leek, at the Country and Western event.

  • Jacob Woodcock, aged three of Leek, at the event.

  • The shoot-out in Leek town centre on Saturday.

  • Butter Market stall holder Maureen Motum.

  • On the Meakin's Butchers stall in the Butter Market, from the left, Robert Meakin, Judith Poyser, and Samantha Meakin.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • The Country and Western event in Brough Park, Leek.

  • Jacob Woodcock, aged three of Leek, at the event.

  • Sisters Macey, aged six and three-year-old Darcy Dibble at the event.

  • Freelance photographer Brett Trafford with the commemorative mug he produced for the weekend.

  • Jude Sheldon and his dad Nick at the event.

  • Leek Town Council's Clerk Julie Taylor.

  • Sisters Macey, aged six and three-year-old Darcy Dibble at the event.

  • Re-enactor Tony Matthews (aka Matt).

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Thousands of families enjoyed a Country and Western weekend in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

The Gunfight at the Oatcake Corral in Leek drew in thousands of visitors to the market town.

It was organised by the Leek Town Council Events Committee, in memory of the late Steve Povey, who had left £10,000 in his will to the committee for such an event.

Steve, who lost his battle with cancer in October 2011, had led the events committee for a number of years.

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The sun shone for the whole weekend, which included a mass line-dance and a shoot-out re-enactment in Derby Street on Saturday morning.

On Saturday afternoon and also all day on Sunday, the cowboy action moved to Brough Park, where visitors could roam around a country and western village; watch re-enactment shoot outs; and enjoy a line-dance lesson in a large marquee by the bandstand.

There were also numerous community and charity stalls, along with a range of refreshment and food stands.

Chairman of the events committee Councillor Barry Cowie said: "It has been a very successful weekend. The feedback we have had is that people want us to do it again next year.

"The weather has been brilliant and I think we had around 10,000 people over the weekend.

"I would like to thank everyone for their support, in particular fellow members of the Leek Town Council Events Committee and Town Clerk Julie Taylor."

Fellow member of the events committee, Councillor Pam Wood said: "There has been something for everybody, whether people have been into Country and Western or not. I'm sure Steve would have been all in favour of the event."

Leek Town Mayor councillor Keith Harrison officially opened the event in Leek's Market Place, in the company of members of Steve Povey's family.

Mr Harrison said of the weekend: "I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported the weekend – the public, the vendors, and organisations who had stalls; from the re-enactors and musicians.

"It has been wonderful to celebrate the life of Steve Povey, aka Mr Leek.

"A big thank you goes to Barry Cowie and the large voluntary support team who have made the weekend so spectacular.

"We would like to hold the event again next year but this all will depend on funding.

"Maybe we could get sponsorship from businesses next year."

Eight-year-old Holly Mayland, from Leek, said: "The shoot-out in the town centre made me jump."

Her older sister Amy, aged 10, added: "I thought the shoot-out was really good."

Re-enactor Tony Matthews – aka Matt – of the Arizona Rangers, part of the Lonestar Group, said: "It has been an excellent weekend in Leek. I've not been here before but the setting for our camp has been brilliant.

"People have enjoyed seeing the shows and also looking around the camps."

Steve Povey's son, Alex Povey, said: "I think the weekend has been fantastic. It was very well organised and I think my dad would have liked it.

"He would have liked the fact that the event brought the community out. I do think it was my dad's money well spent.

"The weather was brilliant – I am sure my dad sorted that out."

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