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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

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

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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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