Help Our Heroes Event
Report and photographs by Colin
Park, Southport, on Sunday 9 May, 2010, there were cars, tent
covered stalls, a large marquee and gun-slinging Cowboys, Indians
and US Marshals. The American Car Owners Club and two re-enactment
groups were putting on displays to raise funds in Southport for Our
Gun fights, between the cowboys, took place in the form of duals,
which you can see on some of the photographs. An umpire, one of the
chairmen present, decided who had fired first. The winner took on
another challenger until there was only one left. Their replicated
revolvers and pistols only fired blanks, thank goodness, as the
gunmen were very quick on the draw, especially as one gunfighter
forgot to load his weapon.
Inside the marquee were a stage, tables, benches and chairs, a bar
and wooden flooring for dancing. Chrissy Byrne, Liverpool’s Country
Queen, sang country songs and played a guitar. She had a backing
band on CD. She performed for about an hour, free of charge as she
considered that it was for a good cause. While she sang, various
members of the groups present, and visitors, took part in country
dancing on the wooden floor.
Several dramas were enacted in front of the stage. Some were very
humorous; others were re-enactments of events, including the
gunfight at the OK Corral. They also performed a moving musical
ceremony of flags with all the cowboys, red Indians and an Indian
chief singing the relevant anthem. See the pictures.
There were a large number of assorted American cars on display. It
was a pity that it was rather chilly, but there was no rain. The
stalls provided a delicious hog roast, western style clothing,
drinks and other various items of interest to western enactment
followers and American car owners.
It was a well run and organised event, which we hope was successful
in achieving its aim. Well done the organiser and everyone else
involved. We look forward to the next even for Our Heroes.
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