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Town parties on despite weather

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: August 07, 2013

  • Dignitaries at Cheadle's Party in the Park event 2013

Comments (0) CHEADLE'S Party In The Park event this weekend was "one to be remembered", according to the town's mayor councillor Ian Plant.


Mr Plant has written a letter to the Post & Times outlining his enjoyment of this year's event, which saw Tean Road Recreation Ground transformed into an historic civil war camp and battlefield, with swooping birds of prey and an inflatable funfair.

In the letter Mr Plant writes: "May we through your newspaper give a huge thank you to everyone for making the 2013 Party in the Park one to be remembered and the weather did not deter the people turning out for the festivities.

"The parade got underway with 'Mr Festival' Derek Fower and Mark being at the front to guide the procession on its way, led by the Fifth Leek and District Scouts and Guides Band under the direction of Mr Brian Pointon.

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"The Mayoress and I were accompanied by our grand-daughter Ruby and set off on time from Well Street Car Park, which attracted Civic Dignitaries from Ashbourne, Stone, Uttoxeter, Leek and Biddulph Town Councils, plus the Town Crier also from Biddulph, The C.A.T.S, Mr Peter Burton with his tractor, a vintage car, The American Civil War and Cllr Gary Bentley bringing up the rear in his classic Mini.

"The parade made its way to the Tean Road Recreation Ground with both Tape Street and Tean Road being lined with people to see the event.

"We were both taken-aback when entering the ground to see it all set out with numerous stalls, Warwicks Fair, the Huntsman bar, large inflated attractions for the kids, quad bikes, classic cars and tractors, refreshments and the Civil War Camp.

"Events throughout the afternoon in the main ring saw a breathtaking performance from The Magnificent Eagle Heights and Vulture Display, plus The American Civil War re-enactment; they certainly know how to keep an audience entertained, for those who did not come to the event, the loud bangs were the four cannons being fired during the display.

"Stallholders were kept busy by a crowd of over 1,500, music being played by Dennis Wilson, the festivities were brought to a close with a live band performance from Herbaceous Borders who kept the crowd well and truly entertained.

"Thank you to those who gave generously to my charities. Both the fruit and food hamper have been claimed.

"So once again to all who took part in the day thank you for your support, special mention to fellow councillors Ian Whitehouse, Ken Riley, Ray Wood, Neil Plant, Gary Bentley, Margaret and Ron Locker, Mrs Sami Norbury, Peter Elkin for his publicity reports, and to both our clerks for all the assistance they all gave to me to make it a Party in the Park for us all to remember."

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