Organisers of Party in the Park could be forced to postpone again

Organisers of a popular Staffordshire Moorlands event could be forced to cancelled again this year.

Leek’s Party in the Park, which is held in Brough Park in Leek, Staffordshire, attracts hundreds of people to the summer event.

However, last year it was forced to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

And now, this year’s event could also be in jeopardy.

Speaking at the last meeting of Leek Town Council, the authority’s events chairman, Councillor Matt Swindlehurst said: “With regard to Party in the Park we do not know where we will be in June.

“We are hoping for the best, but the event could be scrapped. However, I am confident that we will have a Remembrance Sunday and a Christmas lights night switch on.

“We are in the meantime getting quotes for the renovation of the lights and hope to extend the bunting in the town.”

Mr Swindlehurst said that preparations are ongoing for the town to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in May 2022.

He said: “This will be a big event for the town which will see a series of events over two or three days. It will bring community groups together.”

In a circular to councillors Mr Swindlehurst said that more summer decorations could be erected.

He said: “We need to encourage more visitors and tourists into the town to support the retail sector. More bunting, flags and flowers are needed.

“Summer displays are more cost effective than Christmas decorations. Parts of the town do not have bunting including Russell Street, Market Place and the Smithfield Centre.

“Extra brackets for the bunting and consent from the owners of the buildings will be needed. Wire supports would be needed to attach bunting across Market Place and it has to be a minimum of 5.8 metres off the ground. The wire could be kept all year round and Christmas decorations attached to it.”

Councillor Bill Cawley also brought to the council’s attention that it would be the 100th anniversary of houses being built in Abbotts Road, Leek.

He said: “The first houses in Abbots Road started to be built in 1921. It was when people were returning from the war and the heroes were guaranteed good housing conditions.

“Over the years the number of houses grew to form the large Haregate estate.”

Mr Cawley said that he would like to see a plaque erected for the 100th anniversary of the first houses being built.