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Thursday, 2 September 2010

The Wild West Country of Cider, Wurzels and the Sioux

The Wild West came to Somerset last weekend for the Bank Holiday and it was all cider and six guns - This report from the Burnham Weekly News -
GUN toting cowboys and Native Americans rolled up in Brent Knoll for the bank holiday weekend to help raise money for two worthy causes.
Sanders Garden World hosted a Wild West re-enactment by the Boots and Saddles Western Re-enactment and Living History Club in aid of Help for Heroes and the Bridgwater-based Special Needs Activity Project.
Peter Burks, Sanders manager, said: “Our re-enactment event was a great success. The Wild West is a greatly romanticised period of American history that captivates the imagination of adults and children alike.
“Families that visited the event were able to get involved and experience a little of what life was like in Western America during the 19th century.”
Dave Rouse from the re-enactment club said: “We set up an encampment, including tents and teepees, for visitors to have an insight into how people would have lived during the 1800s.
“Visitors were able to enter these homes to look around and ask the inhabitants questions.
“Everyone involved in the re-enactment was dressed in the style of the era. There was a narrated dress parade, which consisted of club members dressed as Native Americans, mountain men, townsfolk, pioneers, Civil War military and of course cowboys.”
The event also included mock gunfights and a traditional Native American dance with participants dressed in full regalia.

And while we're in a West Country mood here are the West Country's supergroup covering a song originally sung by some band called Oo-ar-Sis        


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