4 photos of Wild West action in East Durham

Cowgirls Margaret Richards, Margaret Tallon and Phyllis Mountcastle pictured in 1991.
Cowgirls Margaret Richards, Margaret Tallon and Phyllis Mountcastle pictured in 1991.
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A music club set up more than a quarter of a century ago is still bringing Wild West sounds to East Durham.

Today’s photos feature the Broken Wheel Country and Western Club in 1991 - just a year after it was launched at Hesleden Workingmen’s Club.

Yankee soldier Jack Hanlon greets his wife, June, at the Broken Wheel club in 1991.

Yankee soldier Jack Hanlon greets his wife, June, at the Broken Wheel club in 1991.

“Country and Western music wasn’t hugely popular when we first started, but it really took off,” said current organiser Barry Bates.

“Sadly, lots of clubs are now closing around the region, but we are still going strong. We have several dozen members, and new ones are always welcome.”

The Broken Wheel still meets at Hesleden WMC each Thursday, from 7-11pm, although admission has increased (just slightly) from 75p in 1991 to £2 today.

* For further details about the club contact Barry on 01429 837132.

Jimmy Dowling, Dennis Davey and then club chairman Ken Cross pictured playing poker at the Broken Wheel in 1991.

Jimmy Dowling, Dennis Davey and then club chairman Ken Cross pictured playing poker at the Broken Wheel in 1991.

Broken Wheel member Mary Elves adeds to the Wild West atmosphere by lighting up a cigar in 1991.

Broken Wheel member Mary Elves adeds to the Wild West atmosphere by lighting up a cigar in 1991.