Lidice Shall Live

Last week I had the great pleasure in working with a group of exchange students from the Czech town of Bustehrad. I met with them at the YMCA in Hanley where we broadcast an hour long radio show which was listened to by their school friends back home.

Not many people will have heard of Bustehrad, if I were to say that is the town just north of Lidice then I guess a few more people will know about the area and the strong historical links between Lidice and Stoke-on-Trent. (Sir) Barnet Stross a Doctor who practiced in Shelton led the campaign to rebuild Lidice after hearing about the town being destroyed under direct orders from Hitler.

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No Jubilee Beacons for Stoke-on-Trent?

At 10pm this evening a network of beacons will be lit across the UK to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II. The beacons in the UK will form part of over 4000 that are being lit around the Commonwealth.

Around the UK it seems that almost every county and city will be lighting at least one beacon this evening. Continue reading

The Olympic Torch Relay leaves Stoke-on-Trent

The Olympic Torch Relay has left Stoke-on-Trent this morning and headed off to Crewe and then on to Bolton for its next overnight stop.

Stoke City Manager Tony Pulis got todays relay started at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery and ran the first part of the relay. Continue reading

Stoke-on-Trent Olympic Torch Relay finale

A spectacular aerial acrobatics show is set to close the Olympic Torch Relay celebration event in Hanley Park tomorrow.

A capacity crowd of 13,000 people are expected to watch the evening celebration hosted by Geraint Hardy.  The event will see a host of guests and stars being interviewed by Geraint as well as Welsh indie rock band Kids In Glass Houses performing. Continue reading

Olympic Torch arrives in Stoke-on-Trent

An Olympic Torch arrived in Stoke-on-Trent this morning ahead of the Olympic Torch Relay which arrives on Wednesday evening.

The Olympic Torch arrived with members of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games who are now working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council in the final preparations for Wednesday afternoon’s spectacular Olympic Torch Relay celebrations in Hanley Park. Continue reading

1000 extra tickets released for Stoke-on-Trent Olympic Torch Relay

Stoke-on-Trent City Council have just announced that a further 1000 tickets for the Olympic Torch Relay celebrations in Hanley Park have been released. The total number of tickets for the event is now 13,000.

The extra tickets are available for collection only at the following venues. Continue reading

New Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent Terry Crowe

Picture of Lord Mayor Terry Crowe in ceremonial robes At the annual council meeting yesterday, Stoke-on-Trent City Council agreed to make Councillor Terry Crowe Stoke-on-Trent’s first citizen by giving him the office of Lord Mayor.

This is 66 year old Terry’s third spell on the City Council since his election in 1978 when he stayed in office for 22 years until 2000. Terry was re-elected in 2002 and again in 2011. During his terms of office as a councillor Terry has has held the positions of Vice-Chair of Education, Chair of Waste, Human Resources Committee and Children and Young People`s Overview and Scrutiny. He is also an honorary Alderman on Staffordshire County Council. Continue reading

Stoke-on-Trent Olympic Torch route 30 May

The Olympic Torch arrives in Stoke-on-Trent on for an evening of celebration and an overnight stop. Having travelled by road from Stafford the Olympic Torch will arrive at the junction of Stoke Road and Station Road where it will be carried by Torchbearers in to Hanley Park for the evening celebration. Continue reading