A world-wide known music band is set to play in its hometown in the Moorlands for a last one-off gig. Hunter, which formed in Leek in the 70’s, will be one of the bands which is set to entertain crowds at this years’ Party in the Park in Leek’s Brough Park on Sunday, June 5, as part of the nation’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
A world-wide known music band is set to play in its hometown in the Moorlands for a last one-off gig.
Hunter, which formed in Leek in the 70’s, will be one of the bands which is set to entertain crowds at this years’ Party in the Park in Leek’s Brough Park on Sunday, June 5, as part of the nation’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The band took part in the celebrations for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee 45 years ago, that time at The Mermaid Inn, Thorncliffe, near Leek.
Band member Les Hunt told the Leek & Moorlands Echo: “Hunter, formed during the mid-70s have enjoyed a long and warm relationship with the people of Leek and surrounding areas.
“As well as numerous local gigs, in 1977 Hunter also headlined the very first Leek Arts festival open-air concert in Brough Park.
“They also featured in the Silver Jubilee celebrations held on the site of an official beacon just outside Leek at the Mermaid Inn.
“On that day, the band helped build a temporary marquee so the gig could go ahead and despite the wind and rain hundreds of people finally enjoyed a very memorable night.
“Over the years, we’ve been asked to get back together again for all sorts of events and where possible, it’s been our pleasure and privilege to do so.”
Les continued: “We all really wanted to take part in this year’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, sadly we have recently lost Chris Ellis who will be very much missed as will Peter Cornell who can’t make it this time.
“Band members John Crimes (drums), Nick Egan (bass guitar) and myself (guitar lead vocal) will be joined on stage by the excellent Dan Machin (guitar) and Duncan Hansel (keyboards).
“Together, we will round off a full afternoon of music with our long-time favourite party song ‘Rock on’ – which has now registered well over one million plays on YouTube worldwide.”
Les added: “On a personal note, I have recently been forced into retirement due to a combination of medical issues affecting my hands and feet, however, nothing will stop Hunter making one last charge.
“Hopefully people will come and join us for a party in the park to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”
Fellow Hunter band member John Crimes said: “Both Nick and I were delighted when Les contacted me to say that he wanted to take part in the Jubilee celebrations.
“Playing with Hunter has been one of the real delights and honours in my drumming life, performing with such brilliant musicians and great friends.
“I have such great memories of touring Italy with the band and of so many local gigs at venues such as The Place and The Highwayman and, of course, home town concerts at Leek Town Football Club and in the park.
“The band will augmented at the Party in the Park event by the incredibly talented local musicians Dan Machin, who has the enviable task of following Les as guitarist with the Climax Blues Band, and Duncan Hansell on keyboards.
“Duncan is also a former member of Demon with whom Les was an original member.”
John added: “I am really looking forward to the gig which we hope will be the climax of a wonderful afternoon of music.”
Other bands set to perform on the Brough Park bandstand on Sunday, June 5, between midday and 5.30pm, include: Red Berryn, The Sixties Survivors, White Knuckle Ride, and Unlucky Strike.
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