Updated: May 3, 2010
In photos: Yee haw! Wild West fun comes to Brent Knoll

The Wild West arrived in Brent Knoll at the weekend when Native Americans, cowboys and horses took part in a three-day fundraising event for local charities.

A Wild West re-enactment took place at Sanders Garden World each day from Saturday (May 1st) until Bank Holiday Monday (May 3rd), with all of the proceeds being donated to charities in the area.

Peter Burks, General Manager of Sanders Garden World, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "The Wild West is a greatly romanticised period of American history that captivates the imagination of adults and children alike."

"We thought it would be a great idea to have a re-enactment at the garden centre for the whole family to get involved and experience a little of what life was like in Western America during the 19th century."

Dave Rouse, Trail Boss of The Boots & Saddles Western Re-enactment & Living History Club, added: "We set up a living history, including tents and tee-pees, for people to have an insight into how Native Americans and pioneers would have lived. Visitors to the re-enactment were able to enter these ‘homes’ to look around and ask questions of the inhabitants."

"Everyone involved in the re-enactment was dressed in the style of the era. There was also a narrated dress parade, which consists of club members showing how Native Americans, mountain men, townsfolk, pioneers, Civil War military and of course cowboys dressed, lived and survived."

Throughout the re-enactment there were also mock examples of gun fights, which were typical in the Wild West during the 1800s, and the Native Americans performed traditional dances in full regalia.


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