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STOKE-ON-TRENT AND AREA - SOME MILESTONES CAPTURED ON FILM OVER THE PAST HUNDRED YEARS
These bite-size compilations of archive films each run for approximately 10 - 15 minutes and are samples of the vast variety of moving-picture archive in Staffordshire Film Archive's collection.
All items can be followed up by accessing complete documentary productions and compilations available on the Staffordshire Film Archive website:
1920 - CENTENARY - First ever match between Stoke F.C. and Port Vale at the Victoria Ground, Stoke (March 1920)
Bonus items: Stoke vs Grimsby 1903, Stoke vs Nottingham Forest 1904, the arrival of Stanley Matthews and a 'potted history' of SCFC.
1925 - 5th June -THE DAY STOKE BECAME A CITY - actual film of King George V arriving with Queen Mary at Stoke Town Hall, reviewing the troops and WWI veterans and going into the King's Hall where he made the historic announcement.
Bonus items: the King at North Staffordshire Infirmary to lay a foundation stone (after which it became the “Royal” Infirmary). The King's visit in 1913, Street scenes around the Potteries, 1926.
1930 - STOKE-ON-TRENT HISTORICAL PAGEANT - largest Live Event ever staged in Stoke:
5000 performers, 500 Chorus, 100 Orchestra - a short selection of scenes from this performed celebration Stoke’s heritage from Roman times to present day.
Bonus items: colour montage of Gordon Forsyth costume designs for the Pageant.
1940 - THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN: a review of the part played by Stoke’s Reginald Mitchell in creating the magnificent SPITFIRE.
Bonus item: First flight of the Spitfire, 1936, aerial B of B film footage, original recording of Churchill’s famous statement that “never… was so much owed by so many to so few”.
1942 - DIGGING FOR VICTORY: wartime scenes around the Potteries.
Bonus item: ECCLESHALL SHEEP SALE - 1941
1944/45 - D Day landings, June 6th 1944: original footage and newsreels - actions of the Staffordshire Yeomanry on the day. VE Day, May 8th 1945: the end of the War in Europe. Bonus items: local street parties and Victory Parades.
1960 - Construction of the M6 Motorway begins - film and comments.
Bonus item: opening of Phase 1 - the Stafford Bypass.
1968 - Major Reclamation Schemes go into full swing in Stoke-on-Trent - Changing the face of the Potteries.
Bonus items: key comments from the chief Planners.
1970 - Hollywood Music Festival: at Leycett, near Madeley - film of "Free" onstage, plus scenes of crowds (on the bill: The Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath etc). Bonus item: Legendary Lonnie rockin' around the Potteries.
1978 - End of Steelmaking at Shelton Bar: last footage of steel production.
Bonus items: brief history of iron and steel making on the site, personal reminiscences of steelworkers.
1984 - Royal Visit: PRINCESS DIANA in 1984 - film record of her visit to Royal Doulton in Burslem.
Bonus item: Royal Visit: PRINCESS ELIZABETH in 1949 - complete newsreel.
1986 - NATIONAL GARDEN FESTIVAL: The opening by the Queen and many scenes of the Festival in full swing. Bonus item: scenes of creating Festival Park on the site of Shelton Bar.
1998 - End of Coal Mining in North Staffordshire: film of production at Silverdale Colliery in the last weeks before closure. Bonus item: a review of the North Staffordshire Coalfield in 1947 when the NCB was set up.
2010 - CENTENARY OF FEDERATION: visit of Prince Charles and Camilla.
Bonus item: 1910 - the Mayors and Chairmen of the six towns and the first Mayor of the Federated Potteries, plus "The Potteries Utopia" (1970 film about Federation).
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