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Society helps celebrate 70 years of peace

12th July 2015

LEEK United is set to join families celebrating 70 years of peace in their heartland this week.

The Society is the main sponsor of a special ‘Party For Peace' in Leek on Saturday,
15th August to mark VE (Victory in Europe) and VJ (Victory in Japan) Day.

The event - organised by Leek Town Council - includes entertainment, displays, a market and a street party in Derby Street, opposite the Nicholson War Memorial.

Staff from Leek United's Derby Street branch will help townsfolk to toast the occasion by serving up cold drinks and other refreshments outside the branch between 11am and 3pm.

Clare Beardmore, the Society's Marketing and Products Manager, said: "Just as the
wartime years fostered a real sense of community spirit, the ‘Party For Peace' is a great event for bringing local people together, and we're proud to be a part of it."

‘Party For Peace' organiser Stephen Wales, Chairman of Leek Town Council Events,
added: "It's going to be a great day for the town, and it's tremendous that Leek United is supporting us in this way. The Society's involvement and generosity is greatly appreciated."

The street party will be held at the bottom end of Derby Street, and full road closure will ensure a safe environment. Trestle tables will be available, with families invited to bring their own picnics, and there are free goody bags for children under 12.

Entertainment includes: music from the 40s, 50s and 60s; street entertainers; The Billerettes dance troupe; Morris Dancing; face painting, Punch and Judy; the Moorlands Youth Band;

The D-Day Darlings will perform songs from the 1940s; military vehicles will be on display by Market Place; and locally-produced foods will be available at the Fine Food market.

The Nicholson War Memorial will be open for free guided tours from 10.00am to 1.00pm, and a short service led by Leek Royal British Legion will be held at the war memorial at 11.00am to mark Victory in Japan Day.

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