On Harry Houdini’s 137th birthday, escapologist Rob Roy Collins recreated one of the great man’s most iconic feats. Hanging from the RITA ride at Alton Towers, he had to escape from a straitjacket. And did.
This month UKTourism.co.uk named The Roaches in north Staffordshire as one of its seven natural wonders of Britain. Also on the list was Cape Cornwall and Rannerdale Knotts in Cumbria.
This photo was taken in Stone after a paving slab under a bin, in which rubbish was being burned, exploded - resulting in minor burns to a child. Apparently the slab contained mineral quartz, which shatters when it overheats.
Blacksmith Charis Jon created these railings at the Staffordshire Housing Association’s West End Village - of an elephant and horses. “A circus elephant once ran amok on nearby London Road,” she explained “and pottery works owners raced horses here."
When Operation Hernia – a project using staff at Leighton Hospital in Crewe – visited Ghana last year, queues of dozens long waited to see the staff. The team is now fund-raising for another trip in April.
This rubbish found dumped on Cannock Chase was traced back to a man from the village of nearby Huntington. Papers in it linked the rubbish to the man, who has now been fined £1000.
Volunteers organised by the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust worked to restore the canal towpath and bridge on Cheddleton’s wharves in north Staffordshire. Staffordshire Moorlands MP Karen Bradley joined them.
The Stoke Potters speedway team gathers as their new season starts. Manager Malcolm Vasey (in cap) is hoping to lead the Potters to success in their first season in the National League.
The New Vic Theatre in Newcastle is returning to its repertory roots as it brings in one company of actors to perform in four productions over the coming months. Plays include a rare revival of JM Barrie’s The Admirable Crichton.
In one of her last acts before retiring, Ethel Powell (in chair) of the Cannock Hospital League of Friends donated £180,000 to the hospital, having already raised £1.4m. Not surprisingly, she got a great send-off.
Scientists at Keele University’s of Earth Sciences department were among the first in the UK to learn of a huge earthquake off Japan, which recorded on the department’s seismography equipment.
Workmen have recreated the ceiling design in the historic Bethesda Chapel from a tiny piece of the original plaster. It is all part of the second phase of a £2.5m revamp of the Grade II-listed building formerly known as the Cathedral of the Potteries.
This painting of the Fauld bomb-making depot in east Staffordshire, painted during WWII by the artist David Bomberg, was auctioned by Bonhams in early March. The depot itself was later the subject of a huge explosion, in 1944.
Radio Stoke was there when Simon Weston OBE gave out the awards, assisted by Karen Palmer from Staffs County Council and Elaine Kirkham a well-known blogger on care issues, at the county Dignity In Care Awards - with 40 nominations this year.