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The past, present & future for the Potteries' Six Towns
Michael Horden as Ebenezer Scrooge and John Le Mesurier as Marley's Ghost
What will be the future of Stoke-on-Trent's six towns?

In 2010, Stoke-on-Trent celebrated 100 years since it was formed out of six towns.

The pottery towns of Fenton, Tunstall, Burslem, Longton, Stoke and Hanley each had their own history and identity.

But over the last few years, Hanley town has increasingly been seen as the city centre.

Some traders and local businessmen now argue that Hanley gets the lion's share of funding while other towns don't get a fair share of the money.

And with the unveiling of the coalition government's funding cuts, Stoke-on-Trent City Council has been forced to make tough economic choices.

One example is the city council's decision to only fund Christmas light switch ons in Hanley from 2010. The other towns will have to fund any festive lights themselves.

A Potteries Christmas Carol

BBC Radio Stoke's Ros Chimes has put together these audio stories - in the spirit of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol - to tell the tale of the five 'forgotten' towns of the Potteries.

In all the stories, a passionate local expert looks at each town's past, present and future to get a feel of whether they are being marginalised by the amount of resources pumped into Hanley.

Burslem

Local historian Fred Hughes is transported back in time, to the present and then to the future, to give us the story of Burslem town.

Fred tells us what will happen to this town of the Potteries and whether it can survive in time.

Tunstall

Our "Christmas Scrooge" local historian Mervyn Edwards visits the town of Tunstall accompanied by the spirits of Christmas past, present and the future.

Mervyn tells us what will happen to this town of the Potteries and whether it can survive in time.

Fenton

Gallery owner Alan Gerrard feels that Fenton doesn't get enough attention.

Alan tells us what will happen to this town of the Potteries and whether it can survive in time.

Longton

Longton businessman Richard Cresswell explores the what is affectionately known as the 'neck-end' of the city

Richard tells us what will happen to this town of the Potteries and whether it can survive in time.

Stoke

Historian Richard Talbot has the story of Stoke town - not to be confused with the city!

Richard tells us what will happen to this town of the Potteries and whether it can survive in time.




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