Play Your Part In Olympic Build-Up With The Games and Me

A campaign to encourage people in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent to get involved with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics has been launched.

The Games and Me project aims to encourage people to get something positive out of the Olympics and Paralympics by volunteering or trying a new sport with a view of people then sharing their stories with others.

The campaign was launched at Tipton Sports Academy with a number of people from across the Midlands, including 12-year-old Abbie Jean-Baptiste from Staffordshire, telling how they have been involved with London 2012. Abbie played her part by singing at a Community Games event in Staffordshire.

“I love to sing and get involved in things around my area. I was really scared doing the talent show but once I started singing some of my friends started cheering and that helped me feel more confident. I was really shocked when I won, everyone was clapping and yelling. I am lots more confident about singing in front of people now, if you want me to sing my song I will.”
“It’s tremendously encouraging to hear stories like Abbie’s about how people across Staffordshire are getting involved in our 2012 activities. I know that there are so many more people out there with similar stories and I encourage them to spread the word through The Games and Me.”
“Recording these individual stories of new personal bests will provide Staffordshire with an invaluable living archive of the difference the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is already making to people’s lives. I am very impressed with the early contributions to the Games and Me and urge everyone with a story to tell, to get involved and showcase their endeavours.”

The Games and Me launched at Sandwell Leisure Trust’s Sports Challenge Day at Tipton Sports Academy. During the event 500 young people tried out a range of Olympic sports delivered by Sandwell Leisure Trust including Judo, football, athletics and tennis.

Anyone who has been involved in a London 2012 activity in Staffordshire can tell their story by joining The Games and Me on Facebook, Flickr, YouTube and Twitter. See for further information.

Nick Griffin Launches BNP Manifesto In Stoke-on-Trent Central

The Chairman of the British National Party Nick Griffin chose to launch his party’s manifesto in the city he describes as the BNP ‘Jewel In The Crown’ – Stoke-on-Trent. He described the manifesto as the most comprehensive his party have ever produced and that it proves that there is more to the BNP than immigration. Simon Darby the party’s PPC for Stoke-on-Trent Central was also in attendance as was Michael Coleman PPC for Stoke-on-Trent South and Melanie Baddelely the PPC for Stoke-on-Trent North.


The manifesto was launched in the grand setting of the Council Chamber and also featured a party supporter dressed as St George who escorted Mr Griffin into the chamber accompanied by applause from a number of party supporters, members and BNP councillors.

Nick Griffin enters the council chamber with 'St George'

After Mr Griffins overview of the Manifesto journalists were invited to take interviews.

We bring you Interviews with The Leader Nick Griffin, Deputy Leader and PPC for Stoke central,Simon Darby and PPC for Stoke South Michael Coleman. To access the entire range of Pits n Pots video interviews, visit our YouTube Channel by clicking the ‘our youtube’ tab at the top of the page. As with all BNP events there were protesters outside the venue. 

Protesters from " Nothing British about the BNP" and a small group from Staffordshire University lead by former S.U Leader Assed Baig kept a constant vigil outside the Civic Centre.
Protesters outside the BNP manifesto launch
Pits and Pots waited the whole day to bring you the whole interviews, Melanie Baddeley unfortunately had to leave early.  We did manage to get interviews with Nick Griffin, Simon Darby and Mike Coleman, which can be viewed below.

BNP Face Action Over The Use Of Marmite [Well You Either Love ‘Em Or Hate ‘Em!]

The British National Party’s election campaign in Stoke-on-Trent could be damaged as a result of possibility of legal action by Unilever over the use of their product Marmite.

The BNP featured the well known Marmite jar without permission in it’s Election Broadcast, which was available to watch on the Party’s website.

The video has since been removed but is still available on YouTube.

Unilever has said that the BNP had not been given permission to use the Marmite brand in the broadcast. They are now seeking an injunction against the far right party which will force the removal of the Marmite brand from the broadcast and the prevention of it’s use in the future.

A jar of Marmite is visible in the top left of the picture for the vast majority of the broadcast. Although there is no verbal reference to the brand it is understood that the BNP are attempting to cash into the ‘you either love it, or hate it’ tag.

The British National Party are fielding candidates in the three Stoke-on-Trent Constituencies, North, Central and South. They are also fielding just six candidates in the local elections.

The party leadership maintains that they have excellent chances of achieving Parliamentary success in Stoke-on-Trent which they often describe as the BNP’s ‘Jewel In The Crown’.

Supt Dave Mellor Our Goal: Policing A Peaceful Protest Day For All

Staffordshire Police is urging all sides taking part in tomorrows (23 January) demonstrations in Stoke-on-Trent to make the day a safe and peaceful one.

The English Defence League (EDL) is holding a demonstration in the City Centre whilst other groups have planned counter-demonstrations.

I see their true colours….. white, white and more white!

Comment Article By Tony Walley.

A dear friend of many many years phoned me yesterday.

We were talking about the site, music and sport and then he dropped a bit of a bombshell. “Wol, I was thinking about voting BNP in the Euro elections this week”

“Bloody Hell [or words to that effect!] you have never struck me as a right winger before” I replied, I could swear blind he was a left back when we played football together!

“I’m not mate” he said “I’ve voted Labour all my life, but these expense claim stories have sickened me, I want to kick them up the arse and a protest vote seemed the thing to do!”

He went on to explain that members of his family had lost their jobs and some were on short time hours and the fact that the county’s MPs were ‘lining their pockets with our money’ had outraged him.

He had had a BNP leaflet through the door and had read it and he liked what he saw. Being a thorough type of guy he sat down at his PC and did some research that after an hour or so took him to Youtube where he sat watching pro BNP and anti BNP videos.

He came across the video below which he says changed his mind about thinking of voting BNP:


“Wol” he said, “Until I saw this video, that has been filmed and uploaded very recently, I would have put my tick in their box this Thursday”

“I’m glad I had a good look around, I’m still pissed off about the MPs fleecing the public purse but I can’t vote BNP because when it really comes down to it with this lot unless you’re white you’ve had it!

“So who are you going to vote for on Thursday Pete?” I asked.

“The bloody Greens mate!” he replied. “‘Cos out of the lot of them, they have got loads of Euro MPs and at least they want to protect the planet and not destroy it!”

“besides my missus loves gardening and flowers, so I can protest and keep her happy – result!”

Pete wanted me to share this video with the followers of this blog.

In the interests of being balanced, I would be happy to upload a pro BNP video if someone wants to forward a link.