Project celebrates pubs, past and present

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A project celebrating Longton's pubs, both past and present, is being launched.

The initiative is being launched at 7.45pm in Stoke Film Theatre, College Road in Stoke, on Wednesday, February 27.

It is a partnership project between Stoke-on-Trent City Council, Staffordshire University and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

To kick off the events, Ray Johnson, Director of Staffordshire Film Archive, will delve into the history of the area’s nightlife and will invite guests to share memories of their favourite watering hole. Local historians Alan Mansell, Mervyn Edwards and Alan Myatt will also be taking a trip down memory lane.

The stories will be filmed by history and media studies students from the university. Some of the accounts will be aired at the Longton Beer Festival in July.

A sneak preview of the refurbishment of the American Hotel, which was popular with employees at the Enson Pottery Works, will also be shown during a special screening at next week’s event.

Engineers from Stoke-on-Trent City Council painstakingly dismantled the historic building, which is in a conservation area, brick by brick after the structure became unsafe.

The team is now in the process of rebuilding the pub which is benefiting from a major regeneration, costing £600,000. It is hoped the work will soon be completed and an official re-opening will take place in the spring.

The building will be used mainly by businesses and will showcase the latest green technology.

It is part of a high profile revamp of the historic pottery works which, after standing vacant for many years, has been given a new lease of life following an £11.5 million investment.

The factory itself has now re-opened its doors as a Centre of Refurbishment Excellence which is recognised nationally as a base for construction training.

Councillor Ruth Rosenau, cabinet member for regeneration, planning and transportation, said: “The American Hotel has a rich history and was a popular watering hole for employees of the Enson Pottery Works. They were paid a collective wage so it was customary to pop in for a pint in order to get some change and share out their earnings before heading home.

“The building is currently being given a new lease of life as part of a very sensitive regeneration initiative. The joint filming project, which will be launched later this month, is a wonderful way to celebrate pubs of the past and present as well as preserving interesting and amusing tales of social events from years gone by.”

For more information or to get involved in the project call 01782 231523, visit www.stoke.gov.uk/ensonworksheritage or email elise.turner@stoke.gov.uk

For all media enquiries contact Michelle Hunt in the Communications Department at Stoke-on-Trent City Council on 01782 232623.