Sun Shines On Stafford As The Bott Boys Are Back In Town

Stafford born brothers Keith and Dave Bott will fulfill an ambition with the re-opening of an historic Stafford pub.

The Sun Inn, Lichfield Street, Stafford, has been lovingly restored to its former glory by Titanic Brewery, owned by Keith and Dave Bott.

The Sun will open for business at 12 noon on Thursday, 22 July.

It will be the fifth pub in the Titanic fleet and the fourth to be opened by the Stoke-on-Trent brewer since 2007.

Managing Director Keith Bott said:

“We now have five pubs and have become used to opening new venues in recent years, but reviving the Sun Inn is special.

“We both drank in the pub regularly as young men and like many local residents were saddened to see it decline and close.”

Titanic’s expansion plan has bucked the trend of pub closures across Staffordshire and the UK. All five of the brewery’s fleet were boarded-up and dis-used before Titanic stepped in to rescue them.

After trading as a traditional style inn for most of its life, the Sun, in Lichfield Road, has recently operated as Tequila Red.

But Titanic has dispensed with the garish paint work and wine bar fittings to make the Sun shine once again.

The brewery has created a replica of the Sun’s former pub sign which is being hung from the original wrought ironwork on the front of the pub. The original sign, which is damaged, will be on display inside the pub.

Titanic has built a reputation for opening traditional community pubs. Keith added:

“We have worked hard to revamp the Sun as a traditional welcoming pub where people of all ages can enjoy a great range of beer and good quality locally sourced food in comfortable surroundings.”

Stoke-on-Trent Brewery Titanic Open Number Five

The thriving Titanic Brewery based in Burslem Stoke-on-Trent, which was recently short-listed for Multiple Operator of the Year award by the Publican newspaper has completed a deal to buy the freehold of the historic Stafford pub formerly known as the Sun Inn.

The Sun Inn will be the fifth pub in Titanic’s fleet joining,

  • The Bulls Head, St John’s Square, Burslem
  • The Greyhound, George Street, Newcastle-under-Lyme
  • The White Star, Kingsway, Stoke
  • The Royal Exchange, Radford Street, Stone

The Stoke-on-Trent brewery had just one pub until 2007 and its ambitious expansion plans have bucked a national trend of closures.

The deal to take on the Sun is a personal landmark for brewery owners, Keith and Dave Bott, as the brothers grew up in the County Town.

After trading as a traditional style inn for most of its life, the Sun, in Lichfield Road, has recently operated as Tequila Red. The Titanic Brewery has built a reputation for opening traditional community pubs and is set to return the Sun to its former glories.

Dave Bott said, ‘We are excited to be taking on the Sun Inn. Our plans are still being finalised but we will establish a welcoming pub where people of all ages can enjoy a great range of beer and good quality local food in comfortable surroundings.’

Mr Bott said the newly refurbished Sun Inn is on course for a late June opening.

Staffordshire pupils get ready to rock

School pupils around Staffordshire are getting themselves ready to rock by signing up to the county’s premier rock competition.

Staffordshire Rocks, the annual competition held by Staffordshire Performing Arts, will be taking place in May and June.  Budding rock stars are being asked to sign up now and take part in the popular competition, which this year is being supported by Blackstar Amplification, the UK’s premier amplifier manufacturers. 

Heats will be held at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Cannock, Thomas Alleyne’s High School in Uttoxeter, and Westwood College in Leek in May 2010.  The winning band, plus one runner up from each heat will make it through to the grand final at the Gatehouse Theatre in Stafford, along with three ‘wildcard’ entries. One band will eventually be crowned ‘Staffordshire Rocks—Band of the Year 2010’, winning an array of prizes.

Bands of any ability are encouraged to enter the competition. To enter, bands must attend school in Staffordshire, and have an endorsement from their school.  Application forms are available at schools, or from Staffordshire Performing Arts direct at, where there is more information about the competition.

Deputy Leader and Lead Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, Ian Parry said: 


“Staffordshire Rocks is the perfect way for school rock bands to bring their sound to a wider audience. They will get experience of playing on stage at the Gatehouse Theatre in front of a paying crowd, as well as getting the chance to win some fantastic prizes.  "Staffordshire Rocks is always a very popular event, and I’m sure this year will be no different.”

Completed application forms should be sent to: Lyn Lennox, Staffordshire Performing Arts, The Green, ST17 4BJ.

County council leader pledges to face financial challenges head on

County council Leader Philip Atkins has vowed to provide first class front line services to the people of Staffordshire despite Government plans to cut public funding.

The pledge comes in the wake of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s pre-budget report which was announced today.

Alistair Darling revealed that public finances were deeper in the red than he had predicted with a deficit of £178bn this year compared to the estimated £175bn.

But Councillor Atkins is reassuring residents that he will be pulling out all the stops to ensure Staffordshire continues to provide top notch services at the best value for money. He said:

“We are determined to deliver the best possible front line services to residents at a cost that is good value for money. “We are doing everything in our power to help Staffordshire pull itself out of recession and thrive in the future. This is one of the biggest challenges that we currently face and one that is at the top of our agenda. “The Government is tightening its purse strings but with careful financial planning we will ensure that these national problems are not passed on to the tax payer in Staffordshire. “We are proud that our tax is the second lowest in the country for a county council and that we are able to use the money we have wisely without making cuts to services or jobs. We will emerge from this credit crunch like a phoenix from the ashes.” A new Innovation and Efficiency Board was set up earlier this year to lead the process. Its role is to identify key ways of delivering ever better value for money for the county’s tax payers.

County Councillor Atkins added:

“We have introduced a number of measures which will help us to face the challenges that lie ahead. The Innovation and Efficiency Board will ensure that waste is stamped out and value is kept in. We will do exactly what we promised in our manifesto – develop a sound budget that combines top quality with value for money.”