John Domokos’ from The Guardian’s report the ‘Brexit heartland’ early last year riled locals in Stoke-on-Trent, who invited him back for a closer look. The result is the new documentary series in 8 parts by The Guardian called “Made in Stoke on Trent”.
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Part 2 – £1 For A House
Part 3 – Prevail
Part 4 – A Potted History
Part 5 – Salvage Operation
Part 6 – The Mother Town
Part 7 – Two Sides To Every Story
Part 8 – Judgment Day
Coventry Will Be The UK City of Culture 2021
The winner was announced by the arts and culture minister John Glen on The One Show on BBC1.
Coventry, Paisley, Sunderland, Swansea and Stoke-on-Trent were all shortlisted to be the UK City of Culture 2021.
Hull is the current City of Culture and its programme includes 365 days of cultural events. It is estimated that City of Culture has brought a boost of £60 million to the local economy in 2017. Nine out of 10 residents have attended, or taken part in, an event as part of Hull 2017 and the city has seen over £1 billion of investment since winning the title in 2013. The winner of UK City of Culture 2021 will also have access to a £3 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant.
The shortlisted areas were invited to submit a final bid by the end of September 2017. The panel looks at the final bids from the shortlisted cities before the winner was announced.
The unsuccessful areas will each receive detailed feedback on their bids. Ministers and officials will also engage with them on how best they could realise their ambitions for widespread recognition for their cultural offer.
The following video footage was taken in October 2017 and shows the ceiling and the balcony areas of the Kings Hall in Stoke on Trent.
The Kings Hall is part of Stoke Town Hall it is a stunning grade II listed Victorian building that was added in 1911, by T.Wallis and J.A.Bowden. This hall can accommodate upto 450 people dining (1300 theatre style). It is a beautifully appointed room with stained glass windows, ornate ceilings and a large dance floor.
Kings Hall Stoke-on-Trent (North Staffs TV)